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August 29, 2011

Rising Criticism Of The Hurricane Irene Media Hype And Obama's "Theatrics"

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media, Political News and commentaries

There is a growing consensus in many corners that the media oversold Obama's "Historic" hurricane in an effort to deflect attention from our economic woes and the failures of their beloved candidate's Administration, and to play into the left's "Global Warming" propaganda.

It's not just U.S. Editor of The Telegraph Toby Harnden, and yours truly, "irascible Althor", at Hyscience, who are now denouncing all the media posturing and hype.

In his blog, "The Powers That Be", columnist Doug Powers observes in his piece of August 28, 2011, entitled "Irene: The Perfect Storm of Hype?":

"This morning while flipping between CNN, Fox News and some of the network shows, there was a collective media letdown as predictions were revised downward to match the reality of a storm that was incapable of matching the apocalyptic hype."
He goes on to site Mr. Harnden's The Telegraph article in which it is noted how the Obama media lap-dogs seemed "disappointed" that Irene was not being as "Historic" as president Obama would have liked to deflect attention from his failing poll numbers:
"There was almost palpable disappointment among the TV big guns rolled out for the occasion when Irene was downgraded to a mere 'tropical storm.' "
"[...] Anderson Cooper [...] looked crestfallen [...] 'Wow, because this isn't so bad,' he said."
Mr. Powers went on to also mock New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's playing into all the hype, observing:
"When it hit the Jersey shore, Irene unfortunately wasn't even powerful enough to wash Snooki out to sea."
That we ever be so lucky...

He goes on to stress, as I had in my post, that no storm or hurricane, however mundane, is to be taken lightly, and that indeed Irene was responsible for many deaths and billions of dollars in damage:

"That said, the storm wasn't nothing -- people died and there will be billions of dollars of damage -- but the real danger in over-hyping is that the next time it might be the real deal, and fewer people will pay attention."

He goes on to mock Obama's Oscar-deserving performance, strutting around FEMA and other agencies in front of the cameras, trying to sell himself off as "being in control of the situation":

"We'll see what the damage from this ends up being, but I for one slept better last night knowing that Chief Meteorologist Obama was on the job."

Posted by Althor at August 29, 2011 9:05 PM

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