NEW YORK (AP) - It's a paradox of hurricane coverage: people on television spend days warning the public to get out of harm's way, then station their correspondents in the middle of howling wind and rain and hope they don't get hurt.
That was the case throughout Sunday's gripping coverage of Hurricane Irma's assault on Florida. Journalists were the shock troops allowing the nation to experience the storm from the comfort of their living rooms.
Yet when a tree limb crashed to the ground behind NBC's Gabe Gutierrez, forcing him to scurry away during a live shot, the dangers became clear. Network executives were one flying projectile away from a tragedy that would have them facing hard questions about whether they were placing a quest for ratings over common sense and public safety.
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