You've seen them, dozens of them at a time, while you channel surf the news networks looking for hurricane information. Don't these people have
enough sense to come in out of the rain? Apparently, not. They're reporters and they're putting their lives on the line to bring you the news.
Tell them to stop it. We get it, already!
I've been thinking about this for years and I think this is the season that I am going to unload on news reporters for thrashing about in the wind and
the rain with a microphone reporting on hurricanes. I saw Steve Harrigan of Fox News a couple of hurricanes ago get nailed in the head by a piece of
glass. You could tell it hurt.
This is the same Steve Harrigan who did a stellar job of reporting from Iraq. When Steve was in Iraq, he always appeared with his slightly too small
Kevlar helmet and his flak jacket. He's no dummy. He knows that a bullet could pierce his skull or a stray piece of shrapnel could remove his
What happens to Steve when a hurricane blows through? Does he become manic and suffer from delusions of grandeur? Doesn't he know that wind and rain
are the least of his worries? Doesn't he know that a shingle from a rooftop or piece of sheet metal from a building could relieve him of his
brain-housing group just as fast as a piece of shrapnel from an IED? Well, I guess he does now.
But, Harrigan is not alone. No, you can turn on any channel and see them by the dozens, male and female alike, standing there in the rain, faces
dripping a combination of sweat and rain, screaming into a microphone, pointing at debris flying by, holding their anemometers in the air. Last year,
I sent a heartfelt email to Geraldo Rivera imploring him to take the lead in stopping the madness. It was wasted bandwidth. What else would you
expect from Geraldo?
I sent an email to Greta Van Susteran last night when I learned that she was in Houston asking her to be careful and, for God's sake, stay out of the
wind and the rain. Fortunately, for everyone who loves Greta, she spent her show standing in a misty, gentle breeze. Greta has the best news program
on any channel and she provides a lot of hope to a lot of tragedy-stricken families. We don't need to see her get decapitated on live TV.
I remember about ten years ago watching Dan Rather holding on to a pole in a hurricane practically blown horizontal. Now you know that even ten years
ago, Dan was elderly and had been the anchor for CBS for about four decades. Did he need to scream into a microphone during a Cat 3 hurricane for us
viewers to get the idea that those things are violent as hell? Well?
I have heard that Rather made his name in the news business in Texas covering tropical cyclonic activity. And now that I think about it, I'd be
willing to bet that Dan Rather is responsible, at least in part, for a couple of generations of reporters who every chance they get scramble like cats
in a tuna factory to get to where they can stand in a driving rain storm screaming into a microphone.
If you feel as I do, why not send an email to your favorite newscaster and ask that reporter to stop with the cheap theatrics, find a safe place to
set up the camera and let us watch the rain and debris blow by while he speaks softly and calmly into the microphone. We get it, already!