For whatever reason, during a major storm, our cable news-consuming nation yearns for an endless stream of hapless reporters stepping out into the violent weather, risking it all to say the exact things they could say from behind, say… a window… indoors… with a safe shot of the storm in the background, perhaps?
In Fox News reporter Peter Doocy‘s case this morning, the elements caused him to potentially injure his ankle and get his boot stuck in a sandy beach walkway.
With sheer irony, this brief (and seemingly painful) fall came after Doocy nervously paced back and forth on a Delaware beach boardwalk, noting that there have yet to be any reported injuries. Thankfully, the 6-foot-5-inch tall reporter was able to recover and declare that he is alright. Hopefully that’s true.
But while anchors back home in their dry studios praise their reporters for heroically braving out the whipping wind and horizontal rain, it makes you wonder: To what end? Why do we need to see you risk yourself for a close-up shot of a storm? Is it the same impulse that makes us want to watch live car chases?
Whatever the answers may be… stay safe, Doocy and all you other storm reporters.
The average cable viewer’s bloodlust for a blooper during a live storm shot is not something worth fulfilling.
Watch below, via Fox News: