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    It’s been a very bad year for tornadoes, and nothing this year can
    compare to the devastation in Joplin, Missouri, an event that was
    covered extensively by the national press as it was happening. But on
    June 1, 2011, almost the entire east coast of the U.S. was under a
    tornado watch, including NYC and Boston. Tornadoes are not like
    earthquakes, in that they can be seen forming in advance on Doppler
    radar. While a tornado was forming over Massachusetts, CNN was busy
    airing an “exclusive interview” with Anthony Weiner, complete with an
    8×10 photo of him in his underwear. Wolf Blitzer was in New York with
    Representative Weiner, while in the Atlanta studios of CNN their very
    competent meteorologist, Chad Meyers, was being bumped. It’s a sign of
    the mission at CNN that they didn’t break into the interview to warn
    the people of Springfield, Massachusetts when they could have. The
    deaths of four people in Massachusetts put into perspective the kind
    of scandal that the national news focuses on at the expense of
    important stories every day. If only they had treated the Iraq war
    with such vigor, sarcasm, and righteous doubt.