AND NOW, THE WEATHER….Here’s something a little off the beaten path: an interview at CJR with Anthony Wood of the Philadelphia Inquirer about news coverage of the weather. He’s not very happy with it:

We need to keep weather in its place. The over-emphasis on weather is as irresponsible as an over-emphasis on crime news. It can leave viewers and readers with a distorted view of the world in which they live ? and we are paying for it. You couldn’t blame the benumbed public these days for thinking the universe has blown a circuit.

Ah, but just think what William Randolph Hearst could have done with the weather if only he’d had today’s technology to work with….