Did anyone else notice that LA, Cairo, Berlin, and the rest of the world has apparently shut down out of respect for the suffering of the U.S. East coast. Watched FOX for about 20 minutes this morning and nothing about the rest of the world. Mighty considerate of them.To which I replied:
Dude, this hurricane is hitting the navel of the news media universe....and expanded further:
You are talking about the most solipsistic people on god's green earth; they will summon back [the] drones covering dull events like civil wars and economic collapses to defend against this assault on the hive.
What I do know is that severe weather events panic the news media, because panic sells. When severe weather panics the news media in Shreveport or Walla Walla, only the local residents hear about it, because it's only local news media.(Of course, it's not necessarily fair to say that only the locals will hear about it. If there's godawful weather to be found anywhere in the U.S., NBC will generally make Al Roker go stand out in it for the amusement of Today show viewers.)
When severe weather panics the news media in the NYC-DC axis, the whole world has to hear about it, because that's where the world's news media dwells.
Headlines You Won't See: "Hurricane Sandy Only One-Tenth As Deadly As Joplin, MO Tornado!"
— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) October 30, 2012