Don’t Know Much About History: Media Hype ‘Potentially Historic’ Winter Storm
On Monday morning, CNN and MSNBC touted the supposedly unprecedented nature of the winter storm predicted to hit the East Coast of the United States in less than 24 hours.
On New Day, anchor Chris Cuomo trumpeted that “more than 100 million people in the U.S. are under winter storm warnings ahead of this potentially historic March blizzard.” Colleague Poppy Harlow used the same “potentially historic” phrase less than an hour later on the CNN morning newscast.
Anchor Stephanie Ruhle gave a similar line during the 9 am hour of MSNBC Live: “Millions of people along the East Coast are bracing for what could be an historic snowstorm.”
MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson also hyped the winter storm at the top of the following hour: “Winter is back in Washington and beyond, with a monster system threatening millions in the Northeast. We’ve got a live report on the potentially-historic, late-season storm.”
So how “historic” is this weather system in reality?
The Weather Channel set the record straight with an online article on Saturday. Writer Jon Erdman revealed that “two of the three most expansive, heaviest Northeast snowstorms since the mid-1950s happened in March, rather than the core winter months of December, January or February.”
Erdman spotlighted one blizzard in particular: “The clear front-runner is the infamous superstorm of March 12-14, 1993, which deposited a massive swath of 10 inches or more of snow from Alabama to Maine, among other jaw-dropping impacts.”
Apparently, CNN and MSNBC didn’t feel the need to look back at what happened nearly 25 years ago this week.
Perhaps conservative columnist Seth Mandel‘s shot at the political media on Friday also applies to the cable news networks’ coverage of weather as well:
Most of the political press can be trusted w/ historical judgment the way a drunk driver can be trusted behind the wheel.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) March 10, 2017
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