We're having a snowstorm in the NY-NJ-CT metropolitan area,which means:
Every program on TV is interrupted periodically to tell us what we have already surmised: It's (gasp !) snowing
story on the news is the snowstorm.
The TV newsrooms have dispatched "reporters" and camera crews to show us the snow
You can tell which reporter is still "junior" in status by noting who gets sent out into the snowstorm to pose-wet,cold,and miserable-in front of the cameras.
It's interesting to note the TV studio sends out mostly "Equal Opportunity Hires" to "bring the storm home to us." (High-seniority people are allowed to stay inside and look concerned-but-brave.)
Certain "person-in-the-street" interviews are almost mandatory:
The stranded traveler in the airport;
The idiot motorist who helped snarl the traffic he/she is snarled in;
The snowplow driver who is working overtime;
The frustrated shopper,who came all the way into the city/out to the mall to exchange something unimportant,and who can't understand why the stores are closed.
The presumption-I guess-is that anybody simple-minded enough to watch TV is probably too stupid to look out a window and determine it is snowing.
If there is one pleasant side to TV snowstorm coverage it is this:
Remember all those SUV commercials? The ones showing the Superior Motors Blivet just blasting its own path through the snow? The TV news often shows us the same oversized piece of crap skidding,and floundering,and,finally,getting stuck in a snow bank.<p>
That almost makes watching TV worthwhile !