Hurricane coverage

I own a home at the Jersey shore, but I’m not there this weekend for obvious reasons.  Everyone is being evacuated.  Everyone? 

I’m curious as to what news organizations will do regarding coverage of Irene’s impending hit.  Will they be allowed by local officials to remain on largely vacated barrier islands?  If not, will they look to defy the ban in order to outdo the competition with up-close-and-personal coverage

In order to drive up ratings, news organizations will be tempted to exaggerate conditions as Irene visits.  Exclamations of “did you see that?” by the on-the-scene reporter will need to be put into perspective by the viewer.  And today’s downgrading of the hurricane to a Category One by the time the hurricane impacts the Jersey coast may diminish a news organization’s lust for doom and gloom.


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