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August 31, 2011

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Ed

Does major damage constitute 3000 coastal homes in North Carolina damaged, 7.4 billion is the current damage estimate and growing, a million people still without power a week later, toxic flooding in many Virginia and New Jersey towns? Glad you were unscathed, but for the others they would not say the hurricAne was "exaggerated."

Angelo

Ed: Please re-read my post. I was very careful about how I wrote it, acknowledging the known serious problems associated with this tropical storm. I also gave a very specific grievance with the reporters and the story they focused on in New Bern, North Carolina. You're right----people affected terribly would not say the hurricane was exaggerated as there is no way they can possibly be objective if their homes were destroyed, loved ones (one of two dozen) died or they've been without power for 5 days. We're talking apples and oranges---the storm itself was not as severe as the predictions leading up to it implied it would be. Also, I'd like to know where you're getting your information----I live in Virginia (northern VA). Is the "toxic" flooding in southern VA? Where did the 7.4 billion dollar estimate come from? I had heard 2 billion in insurance damage claims (potentially). Is the 7.4 including property that is uninsured? To be clear, I do understand the gravity of this disaster and how widespread it is. There are also horrible things going on with flooding in the southwest (farmlands) that are going unreported. Again, it's the media that decides what is newsworthy and what isn't and they're not always right.

Karl

Remember, New Orleans survived Hurricane Katrina...Shep Smith and Anderson Cooper breathlessly told me so....until the flooding started.

Angelo

Karl: Agreed. What year was Katrina, 2005? And people everywhere are still talking about it as a historic event/disaster/storm. As terrible as Irene has been to the victims of the worst damage (and people who had to live without power for a week----a very, very hard thing to do), only these people will be talking about Irene in a few years. That is really my point----not how serious the storm was to some, but how the media reported it in the days leading up to last weekend----and how they had to make the story fit the template they created, even if it wasn't accurate reporting.

Ed

Look, if the media had downplayed the severity of this storm, and your house was destroyed or a loved one hurt, you would have been the first one to bitch how that damn liberal media hadn't given you enough warning! They just can't win with guys like you, Angelo; they're damned if they do or don't. Next time just listen to Mark Levine and do whatever he says, since you find him and his guests to be the most accurate source of meteorological forecasting. Don't listen to the National Weather Center, what the hell do they know?!?

Angelo

Ed: You brought up politics, I didn't. In fact, I mentioned that FOX news was guilty of puffery with the aftermath of the tropical storm, in New Bern. I had no idea they're considered liberal media, but since you say so, I guess they are. As well, I didn't "bitch" about the media giving warnings about the severity of the storm. All I did was point out that in my opinion, the reporting AFTER the storm was sensationalized to match the dire "reporting" and predictions that were given before the storm. I'm all for "better safe than sorry" and I'm glad people took the precautions they did, myself included (Though I do think they jumped the gun in closing the subway system and other mass transit in our nation's largest city). I think at the end, a more accurate story would have been "Thank God that for most of us, this wasn't as bad as had been predicted. However, for many of us, it really was a terrible disaster." Sorry if bringing God into it offends your liberal sensiblilities.

Angelo

By the way Ed, while writing all of this, I'm listening to Levine interview national treasure Dick Cheney. Since it's Friday, he'll be playing Ray Charles "America the Beautiful" and the end of the broadcast. I'm listening on a Panasonic table radio, one of the best sounding I have.

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