Storms, oil, and the media

All things being equal, a Category 1 hurricane that blows through oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico and threatens Gulf Coast refineries doesn't get as much national media coverage as one that lands in the middle of television networks and big-name newspapers in New York City. But then Hurricane Sandy was not a normal hurricane once it collided with an arctic jet stream and a snow-packed cold front to create a "Superstorm" that crippled much of the country. The resulting flood of media coverage mostly was well reported. But competition to catch the public's attention produced a plethora of purple prose, such as one day-after headline that declared paradoxically, "...

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