CNN reporters create a Web hurricane

A CNN meteorologist reporting on Hurricane Katrina has created a storm of his own, this one centered in the blogosphere.

Myers

A video clip is blowing fiercely around the Web of an apparently sleep-deprived Chad Myers losing it with Daybreak anchor Carol Costello during a live broadcast at 4:32 a.m. Monday. Costello interrupts Myers' jargon-heavy weather report asking for a translation and saying: "I don't know what that means." Myers literally throws his paper down in a bit of a fit and says: "Well, if you would let me talk..."

Bloggers pointed to another Katrina broadcast blooper in which Fox News anchor Shepard Smith asks a man walking his dogs on a New Orleans street why he was still hanging around Sunday despite the forecast. The man uses an expletive in his answer and Smith has to recover. Ah, the beauty (or ugliness) of 24-hour live news cycle.

Blog community response:

"Frankly I'm taking Chad's side, myself. I hate being interrupted, too ."
--Niload

"By the way, I only found out about this because 'Chad Myers' was the number one search on Technorati. Gotta love it."
--To Wish for Impossible Things

"For those of you who've been taking part in the ongoing (site) office pool over which CNN personality would be the first to follow the bold example of Novakula and have an on-air breakdown, I'm pleased to announce that we have a winner...the winner of the CNN On-Air Breakdown is actually a bit player, Weatherman Chad Myers... It's both hilarious and sad, like the suicide of a clown. "
--Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Nachos

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