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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Why do networks send reporters into the middle of dangerous storms? Hey, do you know what kind of ratings they would get if a reporter were impaled by an air cow?   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 72
    More: Interesting, Weather Channel%, Jim Cantore, WABC-TV reporter Phil Lipof  
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2012-10-30 10:21:57 AM
yeah, why do news networks send reporters where news is taking place? I never understood that either...
 
2012-10-30 10:22:19 AM
Because events on TV are emotional proxies for the real life you are trying to avoid on the couch covered in Cheetos dust?
 
2012-10-30 10:22:53 AM
To give news aggregation sites something to link, and their readers something to snark.

Circle of life, simba.
 
2012-10-30 10:25:08 AM
air cow? is this like a sky bison?
 
2012-10-30 10:25:28 AM
Flying cow is better than sea cow.

/ your read that in a heavy Russian accent
 
2012-10-30 10:26:29 AM
Was watching some news out of Rochester, NY last night.

Can't remember actual names but went like this:

Anchormen in studio: "Wow Michelle you're taking a big pounding out there!"
Michelle: "I sure am!"

/chuckle
 
2012-10-30 10:27:40 AM
Air cow in question?

www.tonyrogers.com
 
2012-10-30 10:30:37 AM
How does a reporter get impaled by a cow? A moose or deer with antlers I can understand. But cows don't have antlers or anything that can impale a reporter. Also, I think subby has hurricanes confused with tornadoes, where air cows are more likely. Still very unlikely, but more likely.
 
2012-10-30 10:31:44 AM
There's looting, raping, and even acts of cannibalism.
newsbusters.org
 
2012-10-30 10:32:15 AM
As a TV photog working this storm, I'm really getting a kick.. ..
 
2012-10-30 10:32:39 AM
i.imgur.com
Hurricane? Yawn...
 
2012-10-30 10:35:37 AM
We like the thrill of possibly seeing someone get jacked up. Simple as that.

Again, why do we not have hot mexican weathergirls in tshirts covering hurricanes?
 
2012-10-30 10:36:19 AM
The truth is, nobody at these TV stations likes the weatherperson. Oh sure, they engage in a bit of banter on screen but the weatherpeople are pretty much the divas of network news, and there's nothing that anyone at the station would like better than to see Cathy Jo Matheson and her blonde curls swept out to sea to drown in the maelstrom.
 
2012-10-30 10:37:46 AM
I remember watching the Weather Channel as a kid, during some hurricane (probably ~20 years ago). The guy was standing out in the rain giving a report, when a huge piece of sheet metal flew by him at head-level.

He was like, "Yeah, I'm going inside now."
 
2012-10-30 10:39:02 AM

fireclown: We like the thrill of possibly seeing someone get jacked up. Simple as that.


images.blippitt.com
 
2012-10-30 10:39:23 AM
Keep sending Geraldo out. Please.
 
2012-10-30 10:43:41 AM
25.media.tumblr.com

/Another cow.
//No, I think that's the same cow.
 
2012-10-30 10:44:02 AM
"We've got cows"
 
2012-10-30 10:45:12 AM
This is still my favorite "newsman reporting live in the teeth of Mother Nature" moment ever.

Make that "newsman reporting live just outside Mother Nature's poophole" moment.
 
2012-10-30 10:46:42 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x273]

/Another cow.
//No, I think that's the same cow.


croesius: "We've got cows"


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-30 10:47:13 AM
Every storm it seems pretty silly. Watching the feeds last night you could see the poor schmuck walking out into the wind right before his turn so that he could go "live". When the station covers the house fire, they don't have the reporter stand on the porch while the house burns. Not saying they wouldn't, but they don't.

Last night you could see the reporter walk from a relatively sheltered location to a spot where the wind was just ripping between two buildings. Five feet forward or back and they would have been out of the blow. True comedy, guess that is what they teach you in "meteorologist" school.
 
2012-10-30 10:48:36 AM
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
The dead rising from the grave!
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
 
2012-10-30 10:49:05 AM
Uncool story bro:

Last night I was watching the Weather Channel for a bit, and one of their reporters was knee-deep in water.....and I kept hoping that I would see a "Samuel L. Jackson moment" from "Deep Blue Sea".
 
2012-10-30 10:53:18 AM

Fluorescent Testicle: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x273]

/Another cow.
//No, I think that's the same cow.


Grrr!

Beat me by seconds!
 
2012-10-30 10:56:03 AM

Headso: yeah, why do news networks send reporters where news is taking place? I never understood that either...


I never understood that either. The "after the fact, but right at this place" news reporting is completely ridiculous. I'm waiting for the next level: physical re-enactments. "And then a gang member allegedly stabbed the man like this" followed by someone actually stabbing the reporter. Though, that would be awesome television.
 
2012-10-30 10:56:16 AM
Our local news summed things up by having a reporter walk out onto their front lawn and report that "it has rained, and the lawn feels kind of squooooshy. Back to you Phil "
 
2012-10-30 10:58:39 AM
Dave Barry wrote a column years ago after Hurricane Andrew (I think) and was discussing the Weather Channel storm chasers and the conversation he wanted to have with them.

Weather idiot: Sir, you didn't evacuate and there is a dangerous storm approaching, can you tell us why?

DB: I live here. What's your excuse, windbreaker boy?
 
2012-10-30 10:59:21 AM

pkellmey: I'm waiting for the next level: physical re-enactments. "And then a gang member allegedly stabbed the man like this" followed by someone actually stabbing the reporter. Though, that would be awesome television.


Didn't they used to do that on Americas Most Wanted?
 
2012-10-30 11:04:45 AM

AirGuitarChampion: Was watching some news out of Rochester, NY last night.

Can't remember actual names but went like this:

Anchormen in studio: "Wow Michelle you're taking a big pounding out there!"
Michelle: "I sure am!"

/chuckle


Are you twelve?
 
2012-10-30 11:05:19 AM
I always figured it was initian rite for "the new guy"
 
2012-10-30 11:05:42 AM

SlothB77: How does a reporter get impaled by a cow? A moose or deer with antlers I can understand. But cows don't have antlers or anything that can impale a reporter. Also, I think subby has hurricanes confused with tornadoes, where air cows are more likely. Still very unlikely, but more likely.


I believe that some cows do have horns. But yeah, unlikely. Still, air cows are fun for their own sake.
 
2012-10-30 11:09:55 AM
Obviously, because people are fascinated by powerful wind and wave and It's more visually appealing to your average viewer, if ultimately pointless, to have a newsreader there instead of just a camera guy filming the ocean.
 
2012-10-30 11:16:27 AM

fireclown: pkellmey: I'm waiting for the next level: physical re-enactments. "And then a gang member allegedly stabbed the man like this" followed by someone actually stabbing the reporter. Though, that would be awesome television.

Didn't they used to do that on Americas Most Wanted?


I think that was Cheaters.
 
2012-10-30 11:18:20 AM
up where my mother's fropm in north central PA, WNEP, the cocal ABC affiliate has been sending the weather man to the "backyard" for years. no matter what the weather.
 
2012-10-30 11:19:01 AM
I worked at a radio station where it was WAY cool to be that guy.
The Program Director was the guy who wanted to do it so he could be the "brave reporter, battling the elements to bring you the news!!".
Me? I stayed inside on the board. Nice and toasty watching Futurama on our station TV with a hot chocolate.
 
2012-10-30 11:26:03 AM
where's that gif of the female reporter getting hit by a flying sign?
 
2012-10-30 11:33:44 AM
It's a complete farce that trivializes coverage and makes apparent newsrooms' fixation on drama and ratings over actual news.
 
2012-10-30 11:42:23 AM
They have this thing now where if you are a teevee jurnalist, you can't cover your head during a storm. So they all looked like wet cats out there.

/Except Erin Burnett.
//Are you going to tell Erin Burnett she can't wear a hood?
///I wouldn't.
 
2012-10-30 11:48:44 AM
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SlothB77: How does a reporter get impaled by a cow? A moose or deer with antlers I can understand. But cows don't have antlers or anything that can impale a reporter. Also, I think subby has hurricanes confused with tornadoes, where air cows are more likely. Still very unlikely, but more likely.


Never heard of horns?
 
2012-10-30 11:56:41 AM
Isn't a cow with horns technically a bull?
 
2012-10-30 11:57:02 AM
something about flying bovines

www.deviantart.com
 
2012-10-30 12:07:52 PM
chromatism.net
 
2012-10-30 12:15:42 PM

croesius: Isn't a cow with horns technically a bull?


Nope, a bull is a matter of balls, not horns. Horns are not necessarily gender-specific with cattle.
 
2012-10-30 12:16:56 PM

croesius: Isn't a cow with horns technically a bull?


Cows can have horns, too. Usually they are shorter.
 
2012-10-30 12:20:41 PM

stonicus:


That is a classic
 
2012-10-30 12:27:51 PM
Achievement unlocked: Enter Fark thread about on the spot weather... No BlaccuWeather.
 
2012-10-30 12:46:39 PM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: Achievement unlocked: Enter Fark thread about on the spot weather... No BlaccuWeather.


IT GON RAIN!

/sorry.
 
2012-10-30 12:50:28 PM
There's a weather lady on my local channel, and she always wears those thin lightweight pants that are a little snug in the crotch. And every time she is on I can not look away, must see camel toe! Camel toe!
 
2012-10-30 12:55:37 PM

StrikitRich: Never heard of horns?


I'm not sure if that is a cow or Justin Bieber.
 
2012-10-30 12:56:43 PM

Bag-o-Nugs: croesius: Isn't a cow with horns technically a bull?

Nope, a bull is a matter of balls, not horns. Horns are not necessarily gender-specific with cattle.


i.imgur.com
What about udders?
 
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