Hogan's Alley

Thursday, September 22, 2005

CNN's Hurricane Coverage Is Nauseating

I watched CNN for about a half hour before and a half hour after the start of the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. It was annoying before Wolf came on, but intolerable after the start of the daily hysteria they try to drum up with their multiple TV screens and wall to wall coverage concept.

Blitzer was worked into a lather about the traffic jams headed north out of Houston. How would these poor people ever get out!

Hey Wolf, the storm is not scheduled to hit land for almost 35 hours. Screaming about the crowding of the roads only serves to scare those left in the city and convinces them to sit tight, thereby risking a late, perhaps too late departure.

As for Jack Cafferty, he has apparently decided that the southbound roads should have been turned into northbound routes yesterday. He was screaming about the incompetence of officials who were failing their citizens.

Meanwhile, he was only able to find emails that bashed Bush in the presumption that Texas would be handled magnificently since it is his home state and home to the oil interests.

These guys received an enormous amount of good ink for their righteous indignation over the demonstrable failures in NOLA and they have apparently decided to employ this blunt instrument to save coastal America from any recurrence of that event.

The fact that their ratings might also go up when they behave like guests on the Jerry Springer Show has, I'm sure not entered the equation. I fear we are witnessing a further deterioration of what used to be a profession called journalism.