Thursday, January 06, 2005

Chicago's news outlets help and hinder

Chicago's news outlets did a great thing yesterday by running a pledge drive for the American Red Cross/Chicago Media Tsunami Relief Effort. They raised over $1.7 million. Way to go, Chicago.

However, they also caused a major inconvenience for people by slowing down traffic by setting up camera crews to cover the bad traffic during the snow storm yesterday. Okay, so maybe it was the fault of the idiot drivers who have to slow down and stare at anything on the shoulder of the expressway. In these days of the Internet, where one could easily look up traffic conditions, I feel really bad for those poor reporters who have to stand in the middle of gusting winds and snow to say that traffic is at a standstill.

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