It’s like shooting fish in a barrel, but it’s still worth noting that the cable news Japan coverage was especially bad:
In one taped segment (though apparently not initially intended for air), [Soledad O’Brien] gets word that they need to move out of the area she’s in. Then she panics and yells that a wave is coming and she starts running (all of this being filmed). By the time she reaches high ground in a nearby house, the camera looks out to see nothing but dry land as far as you can see.
Panic much? (Worse, you’d think CNN would burn that video, but no – it re-aired it). In studio, Piers Morgan was having a good show on Monday until – wait for it – he interviewed Yoko Ono about how she felt seeing the Japanese carnage.
I watched a bare minimum of Japan coverage on cable, and while I agree that Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta standing around on a roof in Tokyo was a waste of a live feed, Rachel Maddow, as usual, did a good job reporting from her studio.