Hurricane Sandy on the morning news
Lindsay Lohan may not understand why east coasters have their knickers in a twist over Frankenstorm Snowicane Rainmageddon Sandy — but today’s morning shows weren’t messing around when it came to Sandy coverage. Today, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning each devoted themselves entirely to keeping an eye on the storm. Pity the nation’s soaked news correspondents.
GMA had a little fun with the news, branding today’s show as a special edition called “GMA Halloween Superstorm.” But the coverage itself — on the storm’s path, its progression, and how its advent will affect the presidential election — was pretty straightforward. Here’s video of weather anchor Sam Champion in New York and ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman in Nags Head, N.C., explaining the basics of Sandy. Check out that sea foam!
Today followed a similar path, interspersing reports from damp field correspondents and interviews with figures like Connecticut’s Governor Dannel Malloy and Craig Fugate, director of FEMA. Like GMA, NBC’s morning show also discussed Sandy’s potential effect on the election. Though MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said just days ago that he’d be “shocked” if President Obama won reelection given recent polls, he said on Today that Sandy is stalling Governor Romney’s momentum — and that it will give Obama a chance to act as Commander-in-Chief rather than as a presidential candidate, which could be either helpful or harmful to his campaign. Here’s that discussion:
Finally, there was CBS’s program, the only morning show that doesn’t feature a full-time weather anchor. Still, CBS This Morning managed to station correspondents in New Jersey, Maryland, and New York, among other spots; FEMA director Fugate also popped up here, interviewed by Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell. He advised east coasters to heed evacuation orders and stay off roads, though his words weren’t quite as effective as those of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. In summation:”Don’t be stupid.” Watch a replay of Christie’s blunt warning here: