Laura Elder, a business writer for the Galveston County Daily News, writesin her blog
about a conversation with Michael Gaido, whose family owns what is probably the island's most famous restaurant.
Gaido bitches about television coverage leading up to Edouard's arrival, and Elder sympathizes:
Tropical Storm Edouard was never expected to be a monster, to anybody except the media, who were in disaster mode. Police reporter Sara McDonald reported seeing 14 live remote trucks between 45th and 69th streets on the Seawall. Over kill?
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Fourteen live trucks? Just how many shots of tepid waves do people need?
Everyone complains about TV coverage of potential hurricanes, of course. But if the hype keeps going -- turning a tropical storm/possible cat 1 hurricane into Katrina Redux -- than at some point people are going to stop paying attention. They'll simply remember TV reporters out there talking about swaying trees as if it was evidence of a real storm.
And then you might see a real disaster.
-- Richard Connelly