Hurricane Harvey hasn’t been kind to Texas. But if possible, it has been less kind to CNN. Or maybe that’s just CNN finally being served a hot piping plate of comeuppance. A CNN reporter-babe was hoping to score some juicy trauma interviews with Harvey survivors. You know, for the ratings.
This woman was having NONE of it.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 29, 2017
Live shot of this woman taking it to CNN:
Now I don’t know the woman being interviewed, obviously. But in my heart of hearts, I’d like to think she saw CNN interviewing victims of the hurricane, all of whom had just trudged through a hell worse than a slam poetry reading with Lena Dunham, and thought “I’m going to embarrass them on national TV to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget.” Again, that’s probably not what she was thinking. But I have my fantasies, and you have yours.
Yes, CNN’s job is to get the news. But CNN isn’t getting the memo. Read also CNN Hopes for MORE Political Polarization After Harvey? and CNN Anchors Laud CNN Crew for Helping Harvey Victims in an EMBARRASSING Display of Self-Congratulation. The woman interviewed was actively lecturing, schooling then shaming the woman shoving the mic in her face. For shoving the mic in her face. And what did the reporter-babe do? KEPT SHOVING THE MIC IN HER FACE.
How many people who’ve been interviewed for “disaster porn” as our friend Rob Eno called it, refrained from screaming in the camera like this? CNN was in the wrong here. Big time. Kudos to this mother for giving CNN what it deserved.
What would’ve been helpful for CNN? Less emphasis on snagging juicy sob stories, more actual helping of the victims. Help which doesn’t include asking them to relive their recent traumas. Are there no blankets to hand out? Is Texas having a surplus of volunteers problem? Or is CNN so committed to sprinting across fields of rakes, they’re failing to see human suffering as anything more than segments?
This is CNN.