The eye of Hurricane Sandy hasn't hit land yet but state-run news outlets in countries at odds with the U.S. are brimming with apocalyptic coverage of the swirling weather system. Government news outlets in countries like Russia, Iran and Venezuela rarely hide their schadenfreude at American misfortunes, but some events shift this propensity into overdrive. Today, Sandy is God's gift to Uncle Sam's least favorite news outlets:
For our comrades over in Russia, Hurricane Sandy has reached Super Bowl-like coverage. Today, the Kremlin-backed outlet RT is dedicating its homepage to "FRANKENSTORM" reportage:
On the left column, readers have the option of two dedicated hurricane landing pages: "FRANKENSTORM LIVE UPDATES," for a steadfastly-updated live-blog on the latest flooding and boardwalk disasters, and the similarly-titled "FRANKENSTORM LIVE," which is live-streaming video coverage of mighty waves nearing the coast. Meanwhile, the homepage's lead story is a photo essay titled "Ghost City" revealing the empty streets and subways of New York City. Hey, non-East Coast Americans, if you're annoyed by excessive Sandy coverage, imagine how RT readers in Novosibirsk feel.