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Why does the news treat every big tornado as some event?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21313 points ) 2 months ago

Every year without fail, some large tornado comes through some town wiping all or a large chunk of it out, and the news trucks swoop in like vultures. Why is it that news worthy? Doesn’t devastating tornadoes wreak havoc every year, and will continue to do so as long as people are crazy stubborn enough to live where there are tornadoes?

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janbb's avatar

Due to that thing called climate change of which your God is not cognizant, the tornadoes are getting worser and worser. That is why they are newsworthy.

Dutchess_III's avatar

They aren’t getting “worser’ @janbb! The news just has to cover every freaking thing that is even a bit sensational.

Tornadoes are scary, powerful things.

Symbeline's avatar

A tornado comes by, wipes out a town, kills and hurts several people, leaving the rest homeless and without resources, and that’s not news?

Dude, what the hell. If anything, it helps charities know that this happened, and that some people might need help. People from afar are often willing to help by sending money, clothes and other shit, or go down there themselves and see what they can do, kind of like when a hurricane strikes.

And since when does something have to be unique and uncommon to make the news? Watch the news, the same kind of things are reported over and over.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@janbb Due to that thing called climate change of which your God is not cognizant, the tornadoes are getting worser and worser.
My God, huh? You can’t invoke God because your stuff gets ruined when you live in an area where your science causes effects to wreak havoc on it. Own it with your science or maybe pray, if you want to actually put God’s hand in it, and maybe the calamity will pass you over. Is worser a word? It would not matter how worse or less worse they become if no one but cows, wild horses, and buffalo were living there, would it?

@Symbeline If anything, it helps charities know that this happened, and that some people might need help.
What doesn’t make it on Facebook a PSA can do quite easy.

Symbeline's avatar

What’s PSA?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Science causes tornadoes?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Public Service Announcement, I assume @Symbeline.

zenvelo's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central For the same reason there is a general panic everywhere in California for the littlest earthquake, even though they cause a lot less damage than a tornado, but you “are crazy stubborn enough to live where there are ”.

CWMcCall's avatar

You could make that argument for anything on the news. Why do they report baseball scores on the news this happens almost everyday during the summer.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What pisses me off is when they break into my favorite damn TV show to report on a tornado that happened 75 miles away and they blather on and on and on when there really isn’t anything more to say! You can tell they’re just scrambling for something to say. I lost an entire 50 minutes of 60 Minutes because of this a couple of weeks ago. It was ridiculous.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@zenvelo For the same reason there is a general panic everywhere in California for the littlest earthquake, even though they cause a lot less damage than a tornado, but you “are crazy stubborn enough to live where there are ”.
Bahahahaha Bahahahaha hooooo hooooo hoooooo har har har. Wait, hold on, let me catch my breath. If you are in Cali you must live in one of the scariest areas. When I actively watched the news I certainly did not see them make as big of a production about earthquakes that no one felt, or left no damage. You did not hear about it before the news, they would report it, and then move onto sports. I am not stubborn to live here; I have not lived through any news worthy earthquake since 1998 (or something like that), more than 20 years ago. I guess if devastating tornadoes were 20 years apart, then it would be that news worthy.

@Dutchess_III You can tell they’re just scrambling for something to say. I lost an entire 50 minutes of 60 Minutes because of this a couple of weeks ago. It was ridiculous.
A PSA before the commercial break or running info in a banner ribbon at the bottom would have done just as much or more, and no one loose their show. They just sex it up to make it seem like something people should tune into at 11pm.

cazzie's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Awww…. well, if common concern for one’s fellow human being eludes you to be concerned about… I think you should change your name to ‘Apathy Central’.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ Awww…. well, if common concern for one’s fellow human being eludes you to be concerned about… I think you should change your name to ‘Apathy Central’.
Having concern with my fellow man has nothing to do with how much time talking heads on the news babble about it for whatever.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Those were my thoughts exactly, @Hypocrisy_Central. A banner at the bottom and maybe a 30 second cut, but to blather on and on for an HOUR?!

cazzie's avatar

I confess, I have NO idea what these news items look like, but if they are annoying, I do know that there are other channels and also something called the ‘off’ button. But, I do know that extreme weather often affects human beans. So… I vote for caring for human beans and turning off the moronic talking heads.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Dutchess_III A banner at the bottom and maybe a 30 second cut, but to blather on and on for an HOUR?!
How can they talk about the historical icon that stood since the Civil War but now is damaged beyond repair by the tornado, then speak to some of the towns folk about how they are devastated by the loss of this building, cut to news reels of historic events that happened there, like when JFK stopped by, then after 15 minutes of that, move on to the flattened cars, search the field, oh, there is a near intact shower. Let’s speculate which of the devastated houses it came from and how far it traveled. Maybe one of those over there, pan pass the flatten grain elevator to a row of houses reduced to splinters. Say again how fast the winds were and how much of the town is devastated and destroyed, then back to more residences. Then repeat with high school, bus station, Elks club, etc. have to fill that hour somehow…..

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yip. Only this one seemed more focused on some hotel that looked a bit battered.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Tornadoes are events.

Symbeline's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central I still don’t understand why it’s not news. Compared to what, exactly?

@Dutchess_III As for news coverage interrupting television shows, I’ve never actually seen that happen once unless it’s happening where I live and needs to issue warnings.
Hell when I lived in Manitoba I went through the 1997 flood which was terrible, and even then normal TV wasn’t interrupted. Sure, for a couple of weeks that’s all the news talked about, with good reason, but nothing was interrupted.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Symbeline It was seriously retarded. I live smack in the middle of tornado alley. Spring=Tornadoes and this damn TV station was acting like nothing like this had ever happened before, plus it was at LEAST 80 miles away! I sent them an email bitching about it.

I remember when I was on Wis.dm the TV popped up with a radar of the weather around Greensburg, Kansas. That’s all I needed to see. Just the radar, with no explanation. It stopped me in my tracks. My eyes got wide and I jumped to my computer and pulled up Weather. com. I posted a screen shot of the radar on Wis.dm. Yeah. Wiped out the ENTIRE town.

Around here, when you go into sports bars in the spring, all the TV stations are set on the weather channel.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central I still don’t understand why it’s not news. Compared to what, exactly?
Well, like a commuter plane landing on the Brooklyn Bridge, or a passenger jet skidding on its belly in the Hudson and having everyone live, or a 7.5 earthquake that devastates 3/5 or more of a metropolitan area with death tolls half of that you see in 3rd world nations. Major tornadoes happen every years, and every year one smacks a community into the middle of the week after next; ever year. If jets landed in the Hudson River on their bellies three and four times a year, eventually people would think, ”Oh, Danielle, another jet skidded in the Hudson again, do we have any lunch meat?”. Before they retired the shuttle, the launches were hardly an even they were when it was 1st built. To try to bill it as some sensational event that hardly happens or is super extraordinary is just silly.

Symbeline's avatar

But it’s an event, it needs to be reported. If a plane landed on a bridge every week, it would still need to be reported. News isn’t entertainment.

jonsblond's avatar

I used to live a few miles from Washington, IL where a large tornado hit last November. I have friends who live in that town. News reports warned the residents of the impending weather. Luckily only one person died. It could have been much worse. Residents relied on the news for information about Red Cross shelters, curfews that were set in place and places that were offering food, shelter and clothing for those who lost everything.

Thanks to the news, several members of the Chicago Bears came to offer their muscle and money to help those in need. Thanks to the news, people from Moore, OK (another town devastated by tornadoes) offered their help to the residents of Washington. Thanks to the news, lives were saved and life was made just a little bit easier for those living a nightmare.

I guess some people would rather hear about their favorite celebrity gossip when they watch the news, but reporting on a tornado is an important event and news worthy. It’s a valuable tool for everyone involved before, during and after the event.

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