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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Brian Stelter is the host of "Reliable Sources" and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Before he joined CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter for The New York Times. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Top of the Morning."
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