Hacks Making A Big Deal Out Of Snow Falling In America. As If There’s Nothing More Important To Report
Dan Majestic reports from snow covered New York: This is really getting out of hand, people. No, not the weather here but hacks reporting about snow falling in the north eastern part of the US and in Canada. You’d think that it’s May or June out there and the snow came out of the blue, judging by the hysteria whipped up by some TV news channels and organs of print.
This time round the talk is about a ‘massive snow storm’ and ‘monster blizzards’ that have supposedly ‘devastated’ parts of north eastern US, including Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island , leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. The funny thing is that a lot of these people have not had power since hurricane Sandy swept in last year in October, helping President Barack Obama to win the election by postponing his lacklustre election campaign and dashing to Washington to take charge of things, visiting the victims in New Jersey in the full glare of publicity.
This time around a collective public relations exercise is in full force, with governors of five states declaring a state of emergency in them as a result of this natural disaster with snow falling down in large quantities, hitting unsuspecting Americans when they least expected it, in February that is. It has been also blamed for at least four fatalities in New York and Canada even though more people die on the roads in an hour in that fine state and no less finer nation to the north of it.
New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had done so much last year to make hurricane Sandy an event to remember with his powerful appearances at press conferences, flanked by about 100 of his staff, all looking stern and ready to do things, has already warned people in New York to avoid panic buying of food and fuel. In these parts of the wood that amounts to basically telling folks to go grab stuff before it’s too late. The hope is that Mayor Bloomberg, who incidentally spent $140 million of his own money on his re-election last time round, will do his best to make a drama out of the current non-crisis and put New York on the map of public sympathy where it rightfully belongs.
To add more suspense to the coverage some hacks have reported that thousands of flights have been cancelled from New York another cities and that a risk of flooding, yes, flooding, is now hanging over New England which is covered with snow at the moment that could technically become water if the temperature rises. The nation is holding its breath, according to some reports, waiting for President Obama to say something dramatic and even visit the ‘snow devastated’ areas to pose for photographers.
That’s how low mainstream journalism has dipped, folks. Anything but proper news is reported these days. The nation is in a mess, the bankers are running riot while the southern border with Mexico is in a state of war waged by drug cartels but we are told in detail about snow falling from the skies, in winter time of all times. Mind you, every time authorities declare a state of emergency someone somewhere makes a good living. That is why more disasters will follow this year, with brave politicians doing their publicity routines and hacks playing into their hands making storms in a tea cup.