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In Defense of the TV Reporter Standing Outside During a Hurricane

If you watched just about any TV news coverage of Hurricane Irma, you saw a familiar scene: the beleaguered on-air reporter standing outside, jaw set, eyes squinched, braving the buffeting rain and winds all in the name of bringing you the latest on the storm’s destruction. The death-defying standup is a time-honored trope of televised storm coverage. It dates to at least 1961 when Dan Rather waded into Houston’s floodwaters during Hurricane Carla to bring viewers live updates from the scene.
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