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Sandy, the rare storm that lived up to media hype
Shannon Carnahan/CNN
November 1st, 2012
01:17 PM ET

Sandy, the rare storm that lived up to media hype

By Howard Kurtz, CNN

(CNN) - A confession: I usually have a knee-jerk reaction when television goes into its extreme-weather mode.

All too often, I've seen the machinery clank into action - team coverage, breathless anchors, intrepid correspondents getting soaked in the rain - only to watch the heavily hyped storms peter out. What used to be the province of local eyewitless news, gearing up at the merest threat of thunderstorms or snowfall, long ago became a cable news specialty. It's a surefire way to goose the ratings.

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