In the mind of George Will, the media’s reaction to Hurricane Irene has been “manufactured hysteria.”
The conservative commentator was not afraid to describe how he really felt about what he thought was less than stellar TV coverage of the storm on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning.
“Florence Nightingale said, ‘Whatever you say about hospitals, they shouldn’t make their patients sicker,” he said. “And whatever else you want to say about journalism, it shouldn’t subtract from the nation’s understanding, and it certainly shouldn’t contribute to the manufactured, synthetic hysteria that is so much a part of modern life. And I think we may have done so with regard to this ‘tropical storm,’ as it now seems to be.”
Cokie Roberts strongly disagreed with Will’s view.
“What we learned is that you do have to prepare for these disasters, and you have to prepare for everybody,” Roberts said. “And when you’re talking about a storm of these proportions, you really do have to take care, even if it’s a tropical storm, it’s enormous. It’s an enormous storm that can get people out of their homes and separated from their families.”
WATCH: Video from ABC, which aired on August 28, 2011.
Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’
Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.
It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.
Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.
Poultry workers denied service over COVID-19 fears as businesses reopen: report
On Monday, the Huffington Post explored how poultry workers in North Carolina are being denied service even as businesses reopen from COVID-19 lockdowns.
"The hair salon SmartCuts reopened its doors in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Memorial Day weekend after a long closure due to the coronavirus. But not every customer was welcome to hop in a chair like old times," reported Dave Jamieson. "A sign posted on the shop window explained: 'Due to the number of Tyson employees who have tested positive for Covid19, and given the close contact experienced during our services, we are unable to serve Tyson employees. We sincerely apologize for this decision, and we ask for your understanding.'"
DOJ investigating why consumers are paying record prices for beef during pandemic: report
On Monday, Politico reported that the Justice Department and Agriculture Department are looking into what they consider to be suspicious price increases of beef for American consumers — on the suspicion that the recent spike in prices may be a result of price-fixing.
"Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic," reported Leah Nylen and Liz Crampton. "But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle."