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CNN covers Irene; reporters get feet wet

August 28, 2011 - Per Peterson
I’ve criticized CNN in the past for turning mole hills into mountains, trying too hard to lure in viewers (a Casey Anthony countdown — really?) and labeling as “breaking news” things that don't even make front pages of major newspapers, but the network proved its worth — like it really has to — this weekend with its coverage of Hurricane Irene. I think CNN had close to two dozen reporters staggered up the East Coast throughout the duration of the storm and the insight provided by its guests in the studio was tight and informative. Not all the reporting was rock-solid (some was pretty campy and one reporter came across as more of a hyper college intern fresh off her third shot of 5-Hour Energy than an entrenched journalist) but overall, CNN hit the mark — both in-studio and out in the field — or water as it were. Another slight criticism though: It’s somewhat laughable when some reporters feel the need to stand in a foot or so of water for no apparent reason other than to get make the impression that they got their hands dirty — like, “Look at me, I’m risking my life by standing in this shin-high water!" Sorry, CNN, that I?had to mix in some shots in a post that started out with a pat on the back. You deserve a little bit of both though.


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