Hurricane Isaac was coming ashore. The Weather Channel and CNN dispatched their correspondent to the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans, tethered to a $65,000 HD Camera and a half-million dollar satellite truck. Meanwhile, the anchors back in the studio conducted a series of phone interviews with Emergency Managers and Public Information Officers (PIO) in the path of the hurricane.

So why is it, with the wealth of official knowledge available during storm coverage, the news networks suddenly cut away to interview a seemingly random resident, standing in rising flood waters at his home along Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, Louisiana?

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