The Madeleine Brand Show for August 29, 2011

Did the media overhype Hurricane Irene danger?

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Graffiti on a window protection plate reads 'I survived Irene' in the old town of Alexandria, Virginia, August 28, 2011.

Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast of the U.S. this weekend, causing billions of dollars in damage and claiming 20 lives. Media coverage was equally intense. While homes were destroyed and flooding continues in parts of New England, some worry that dire warnings that didn't come true in places like New York City may make residents less responsive when a true disaster approaches. LA Times On the Media columnist Jim Rainey joins us with take. He was hunkered down in a Manhattan hotel room as teh storm came through.

What do you think? Was the media was just right in its treatment of the hurricane, or completely overblown?


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