Reporting The Weather

Friedersdorf sees no reason to endanger reporters during hurricanes:

There are a lot of journalists I respect for putting themselves in harm's way — journalists who chronicle wars, report on conditions in refugee camps, challenge the lies of repressive political regimes, or otherwise gather information that wouldn't be disseminated save for risking their lives. That isn't what CNN and Velshi were doing. If standing in hurricanes for hours at a time were necessary to report on them, newspaper staffers would do it too. On TV, a camera mounted on a street corner might not be as entertaining. It might lack the drama of a human being in danger. But it would adequately convey all the newsworthy information.