The Weather Channel: Young gal and guy announcers talking with a peer reporter who is doing a remote on a shore in Rhode Island, asking him to describe the storm devastation.
The announcers and viewers watch both the remote announcer and the inclement weather on a studio T.V. screen, and see there’s not much going on at the shore scene. It’s windy, and waves are doing a fair bit of splashy-splashing, but to me, to other viewers, and one has to believe to all three announcers, the scene was not one you’d consider devastating.
I’m sure the weather announcers studied long and hard, and were graded well, at one of them not-too-difficult to get into colleges that has an above average broadcast meteorology major, and I’m sure they know allot more than I do about weather, and I’m sure that’s why when the remote guy threw it back to the in-studio duo, the gal announcer said “So we can see things are still very frightening down there.” But when I noticed a dozen or so tourists walking, and a 30ish dude skate boarding, in front and behind the guy doing the remote, I began to wonder why one of the announcers didn’t ask the remote guy “Hey, what’s with the skateboarder? Is it really all that bad down there?”
The announcers either didn’t believe what they saw, or didn’t say what they believed. “The storm doesn’t appear as bad as we’d expected, right now,” is what I believe they should have said.
Actually, I don’t think the announcers thought they were reporting inaccurately. I think they were so psyched to be reporting in the midst of, what they’d hoped they could report in the midst of, since the day they decided to go into broadcast meteorology; An historic storm and once in a generation moment in weather lore; That they didn’t even notice the skateboarder with his hands clasped behind his head, rolling by on a leisurely Sunday skate.
Severe weather ideologues is what those announcers are. Or, they accepted the scene as nothing more then a Sunday afternoon heavy sprinkle and coarse wind, but they didn’t want to report it as such, because such reporting would be boring weather channel television (more boring than normal), better known as, hard-to-sell-ads-on, TV.
Ideologues, or shifty salespeople? What do you think they are? Ideological-shifty salespeople zwhat I think they are.
In a shifty, ideological salesperson way, they razzle-dazzled themselves and viewers into missing the actual problem-coarse of the storm, which as we now all know, was up through the middle of good ole, VT.
Of course the weather channel reporters weren’t in anyway responsible for the storm, but still, they should ground themselves and report without prejudice, or tabloid type methods, because, danged it to heck, most folks out there love to believe them.
Been having fun chatting with folks at the Champlain Valley Fair last week. Some are inside their own heads and offer little more then pleasant hidey ho’s. Others are able to spend more time chatting, which allows for a more thorough conversation.
After talking with more than a few construction folks, I’ve realized how a harsh winter, overly wet spring, and this most recent thrashing storm, can in lots of ways be a boon for them: Many road fixers, and heavy equipment sellers have done fairly well these past couple of years what with all the rough weather we’ve had. Ironically, if we get rid of global warming, those guys and gals will have to look for other ways to diversify their income, which I’m sure they’d welcome doing if it was at the expense of not having their fellow Vermonters stranded and overcome.
Final note on Irene: Gov. Shumlin has taken some guff for a presentation he did live on a national network news show. I watched it. I thought he did danged fine.
Maybe he didn’t say the exact things every Vermonter wanted to hear, but hey man, put yourself in his position. You’re live in front of an international audience, fielding questions from a T.V. talking head who is not only more used to the tone and tempo of these type interviews, but he’s got someone really smart prompting him via an ear piece who would just as soon trip you up. You also feel like you’re representing our entire state, which adds difficulty. So no, that gig ain’t a cake walk. And I know that’s part of Mr. Shumlin’s job and he wanted to be governor, but still, well, I think he did a good job.
Being a so-called half-assed media guy myself, I do have one note for Mr. Shumlin and his handlers. During the interview the governor said, “Vermonters have been whacked, we’ve been whacked hard,” at least two, maybe three separate times. During one of the three times, he repeated the line.
We want to try and keep people away from Vermont, governor. But if you keep saying us Vermonters are up here being whacked hard, everyone will want to move here.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act “The Logger.” His column appears weekly. Reach him at email@example.com.