WILL LAST WEEK’S MEDIA MISHANDLING OF IRENE FORCE BREITBART TO CREATE METEOROLOGY WATCHDOG? BIGWEATHER.COM PERHAPS?

If so, I’d like to be the editor. We’ll just watch the Weather Channel all day. We’ll be the Newsbusters of the weather channel, right? That’d be a terrible job to have to be the weather channel watchdog.

HARNDEN: “There was almost palpable disappointment among the TV big guns rolled out for the occasion when Irene was downgraded to a mere ‘tropical storm”. In New York city, CNN’s silver-haired Anderson Cooper, more usually seen in a tight t-shirt in a famine or war zone, was clad in what one wag dubbed “disaster casual”.

He looked crestfallen and fell briefly silent when a weatherwoman told him that the rain was not going to get any worse. “Wow, because this isn’t so bad,” he said. “It’s an annoying rain but it isn’t even a sideways rain.”

[Read Toby Harnden’s “Perfect Storm of Hype: Politicians, the media and the Hurricane Irene apocalypse that never was” at the UK Telegraph]

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