CNN criticized for torturing reporter by making her stand amid Mpls' polar vortex [VIDEO]

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Cruel and unusual reporting?
In a post on the Mediaite blog, CNN takes heat (no pun intended) for making a reporter stand outside today and report live along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis while the windchill was 44 below.

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"Boasting that they had sent a 'California girl' to the depths of the polar vortex on Monday, CNN repeatedly made correspondent Stephanie Elam trudge onto the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis... to report first-hand on the 'historic and life threatening' cold enveloping the central states," Mediaite writes.

The payoff? Hard-hitting reports about the rate at which Elam's coffee froze, authorities' admonishments not to go outside (while she stood outside), steam coming off the river, and other things you definitely wouldn't need someone to fly to Minneapolis and freeze their ass off to report.

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In any event, here's how Elam's attire transformed over the course of the day:



And here's a mash-up sampling of her reporting:



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Ryan Bakken
Ryan Bakken

I enjoy how it's torture for CNN's reporters to do their job, but 90% of the businesses in Minneapolis are still going to open, and people are going to go out and... do their job....

Dylan Bosch
Dylan Bosch

I'm sure the population of 392,880 citizens who live in Minneapolis really feel it for this woman who lives in California.. Do we?"

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Yeah who give's a crap. Plenty of us have to do things outside in these temps. Reporters because of the nature of their work are expected to endure natural disasters, weather, and war zones. The reporter could quit at any moment so don't feel so sorry for her.

Becky Bu
Becky Bu

Danielle Henkels, my own sister and her husband carried mail from house to house yesterday in -20 temperatures in St. Paul. If you live in a city, the carrier needs to leave their postal vehicle and deliver the mail to a neighborhood by walking from house to house, putting the mail in the mail slot. If you live in a rural area, the mail can be deposited in your mailbox from a car or truck.

jamesbest7
jamesbest7

That's BS!!! Torture!? She's being PAID to stand outside, WRAPPED UP, for like 4-5 mins every cpl hours! MILLIONS of people live in this weather!

Justin Rasmussen
Justin Rasmussen

If CNN is getting crap for making a reporter do this, why is no one angry at every employer in the state for making everyone come in to work?

James Hartert
James Hartert

Torture. Come on, millions of people live in conditions like this. Some of us even like it.

Timothy Hughes
Timothy Hughes

Wouldn't any of their iReport stringers cover it for free?

Jann Patton
Jann Patton

Hhhhm... my ride into work today.... - 19F

Becky Schreuder
Becky Schreuder

Hey not all MN's have those cool fuzzy hoods. She must be from NYC...lol I love being a Minneapolis girl..lol

Kara Kingsley
Kara Kingsley

But no one is upset when they put reporters in war zones. Priorities.

Lisa Nosal
Lisa Nosal

I don't understand why they make reporters stand outside at all, when nothing's actually happening there. The poor local sports guy had to stand outside in Green Bay on Sunday even though the game had ended hours before. He was spasming, he was so cold.

Joshua Chon-Pah Hernandez
Joshua Chon-Pah Hernandez

Even though I grew up in Minnesota, I'm so glad I don't live there anymore. I'll never live in that place in the winter ever again.

green23
green23 topcommenter

Interesting that nobody mentioned the camera crew that also had to be outside there. Sound could be done from inside a truck, but there's got to be at least one guy with a camera (and probably with an assistant) out with her.

Jessica Novak
Jessica Novak

I don't know how she's talking, I start talking and the cold takes my breath away.

Madilyn Bodine
Madilyn Bodine

She's obviously not from here, I'd be in shorts and a sweatshirt with some uggs.

nisahstar
nisahstar

so yeah they are bogus as hell for having her outside in this freezing cold ass shit seriously 

urbanite
urbanite

Big whoop. I had to work outside in that weather...

Krisha Goset
Krisha Goset

What... It's cold outside why wasn't I told about this sooner. Now my ice fishing trip is all screwed up...

Dan Doetzel
Dan Doetzel

I don't need to see a reporter standing outside to verify that it is cold. I's dumb! The worst is when reporters are standing in water during a hurricane when power lines could be down. Weather coverage has gotten really tacky!

Dave Nohner
Dave Nohner

Really, its -18, it's not -40, this cold snap is getting way to much air time. And if they forced her outside, they equipped her with proper cold weather gear. Movin on…..

Sara Pelg
Sara Pelg

CNN is being criticized for that? What about the employers that forced their employees to work outside?! People's priorities are seriously messed up...

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson

Must be fun searching for things to criticize on other's comments lol! How could one dress warmer then that Marsha?

Jackie Hansen Shannon
Jackie Hansen Shannon

when it get 40 below and -80 wind child when i live in stpaul u can all bitch

Danielle Henkels
Danielle Henkels

See, all the ones around here are in vehicles. Although you know they are probably driving a block, hitting the houses, then in the vehicle again. I guess I live where the mailboxes are at the edge of the street!

Mary Pow
Mary Pow

Our post carriers walk from house to house. I wanted to invite him in for soup when he dropped our mail in the slot during dinnertime! Brrr!!

Lance Patrick
Lance Patrick

Probably better than the poor person they make stand out when a hurricane is blowing in!

Zhenya Hutson
Zhenya Hutson

Well it is cold, and feels like frozen tundra. I would know, I am Russian!

Joan Caruthers
Joan Caruthers

I think of you so often, Diane!!! Wish you were closer, but can't say I with I was there!!! TOO COLD!!!!!! ESP. for us old people!!! Love you!

True Allison
True Allison

I love that she was by the river. Umm yeah it's going to be REALLy cold there, duh! And if she's reporting it I say she get in the vortex with the rest of us! She's getting PAID to be in it!

Nick Infield
Nick Infield

New the deal when the presenter took the deal

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

Bringing a child to any packer game should be considered child endangerment. They are filthy rotten heathens, drunker that piss and dumb as rocks... That being the fans and more or less Wisconsin as a whole

Cindy Lawrence
Cindy Lawrence

I watched this on CNN today and find it funny. She is from California. If it were one of our meteorologists from Minneapolis, they would not have anything covering their face and possibly not even a hat.

Joe Petrie
Joe Petrie

Do it with an 80" hd screen no damn difference.

Douglas G. Swenson
Douglas G. Swenson

I criticize my idiot ancestors for settling in this god forsaken, artic hellhole.

Catherine Lehnertz
Catherine Lehnertz

I wouldn't call it torture - I would call it "an experience of a lifetime."

Sarah Farley
Sarah Farley

Jesus fucking christ, I cannot handle the mediocrity and pettiness.

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