Cantore capers go too far
Jim Cantore needs to have some sense knocked into him, and a flying 2X4 almost did it Wednesday in Panama City Beach.
The Weather Channel’s celebrity meteorologist had to dodge the piece of wood that was traveling at killer speed while he reported on Hurricane Michael.
I’m glad Cantore wasn’t knocked into the Gulf of Mexico. But seriously, hasn’t the weather version of Stupid Human Tricks gone too far?
It’s become cliché for TV reporters to make like war correspondents landing at Normandy during the D-Day invasion whenever a hurricane hits. That’s followed by people making fun of them for being such drama queens and kings.
It’s all fun and games and ratings until somebody gets impaled. Then hey, it’ll be really good ratings! But is it worth it? Frankly, I’d just as soon not see The Weather Channel start running snuff films.
Nobody is more of a drama king than Cantore. But unlike most of his cohorts, he doesn’t seem to do it just for the drama.
He’s sort of the Walter Cronkite of weather — knowledgeable, serious and responsible.
Given that, Uncle Jim should have known that Wednesday wasn’t the usual gig. Michael brought with it the deadliest winds to ever hit the Panhandle.
I think it’s good that TV crews were there. So were a lot of nonTV reporters. It’s their job to be where the news is, and TV does it with visuals.
But you don’t need a meteorology degree to know when to come in out of the rain. The live shots from hotel balconies of the