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September 19th, 2003

Nightline had a piece on Hurricane Isobel today, and they showed a plethora of shots from newscasters following the hurricane “formula,” which include the broadcaster standing in the gale-force wind (I think Dan Rather was one of this style’s pioneers).

Most laughable was the Fox News broadcaster, who made it look like he was caught in the middle of, well, a hurricane, doing theatrics with the wind, staggering against the gales, even sitting down one time to keep from being swept away.

Then, at one point, his pants started getting blown off. So he walked just a few steps out of the way… into a completely windless area. Turns out the wind he’d been showing off in was a highly localized phenomenon, a kind of narrow wind tunnel created by a street.

About par for Fox.

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