It’s almost impossible to miss the on-going news of Hurricane Harvey and its on-going destruction and flooding across Texas. It’s hard to fill a 24-hour news cycle with the same shot of submerged cars all day so reporters are sent out to find the news as it happens. This often involves interviewing victims of the event, whether it’s inappropriate or not.
As you may have seen over this past 24-hour news cycle, the video above shows a reporter interviewing those who have just arrived at the storm shelter and have not had a chance to dry off. While there have been a lot of feel good stories of reporters helping those stranded in the floods, they more or less end up doing things like stopping a woman with crutches to ask her what the GOVERNMENT should have done, like she had anything to do with it..
At least the anchorwoman had enough sense to stop the ridiculous situation, but this kind of behaviour in the news industry has been around since people started telling other people what people did.
From what I’ve gathered in my life time, the closest thing we have to modern day philosophers are stand-up comedians. The most successful comedians see how the world is and expose it in ways we would never usually see.. from their couches during the day while baked and watching day time TV.
Exploiting those experiencing disaster in order for ratings has been going on so long, Comedian Richard Jeni predicted the incident to a tee back when shoulder pads and pastel palm prints were still socially acceptable.
This is not the first time comedians have been able to see mainstream news for what it is, remember when Dave Chappelle predicted “News Correspondent: Ja Rule”?