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October 30, 2012 9:15 AM Storm Schadenfreude

By Ed Kilgore

If you need a break from the Weather Channel, you could check out how Sandy is being reported in unfriendly countries abroad, via The Atlantic’s John Hudson. It’s the perpetual lead story in Russia, Iran and Venezuela. North Korea is sure to catch up when the carrier pigeons land.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Dredd on October 30, 2012 9:21 AM:

    We will be back to generating the next big one before they even know this one is subsiding.

    Triage baby, it is part of the new planned obsolescence.

  • DAY on October 30, 2012 9:26 AM:

    Iran had an earthquake, and we sent assistance.
    We have Sandy, and they sent "Schadenfreude".

  • beejeez on October 30, 2012 9:31 AM:

    Am I missing something? The coverage isn't at all "ha-ha, sucks to be you." It's just typical news. The Atlantic's take on it is just bizarrely stupid.

  • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 9:47 AM:

    The fact that the NYSE has been closed for 2 days warrants foreign news coverage. This and the fact that other countries aren't nearly as news centric as America. I'm sure places like the UK, Germany, and Japan have coverage of the "Frakenstorm" as well.

  • weirdnoise on October 30, 2012 9:52 AM:

    I suspect that even some of our home-grown fundamentalists will rant about how Sandy is God's punishment for abortion, gay marriage, promiscuity, or whatever.

  • Raenelle on October 30, 2012 9:52 AM:

    A North Korea joke. How Reagan 80s of you.

  • c u n d gulag on October 30, 2012 9:56 AM:

    Oh, unfriendlies OUTSIDE the US!

    I thought it was INSIDE this country, and thought the link would take me to FOX News.

    I stole this FOX News exchange from LG&M:

    These power outages could last up to a week, right through election day, which could be really great news for Romney.

    Because even if the power’s back on, people will have a lot more on their mind than voting.

    It’s not like the South, where people know how to handle this sort of weather.

    There is nothing, NOTHING, that these FOX idiots won't politicize!
    And of course, everything that happens is good for John McCai... Oooops! Mitt Romney.

  • JB on October 30, 2012 10:22 AM:

    I agree beejeez I didn't think the headline matched the body of the story. Giddy? Didn't see that. Rare miss Mr. Kilgore.

  • don on October 30, 2012 10:30 AM:

    I see no Schadenfreude. I see news coverage completely indistinguishable from coverage in the US. What the hell are you talking about?

  • berttheclock on October 30, 2012 10:36 AM:

    Apparently, some newcomer to Transylvania Station is rather upset the storm is being referred to as "Frankenstorm". He insists it should be called "FRANkenstorm"

  • boatboy_srq on October 30, 2012 10:44 AM:


    That's "FRAHNkenSTURM."

  • Crissa on October 30, 2012 11:05 AM:

    Yeah, totally:

    Fox was spinning the storm. The places the Atlantic quoted? Not even.