Since when did double-digit snowfall in Boston (or New York, or anywhere else in the Northeast) earn mention on the major TV news telecasts — let alone 5-minute air-time windows — to report such a non-event when there are no deaths or injuries or damage to the power grid.

Do we really need some airhead pointing out that big lumps on the curb are not cars but instead are piled up old snow under new snow?

Is it honestly news when we’re shown a snowplow jettisoning loose snow off an airport runway into the frozen grass beside the takeoff/landing strip?

And how about the observation that the “falling flakes are big, but they’re getting bigger”?

Surely there’s other news of greater import to share with viewers than a natural event typically characteristic of winter. Only when there is collateral damage — a 100-car pileup, a raging block fire caused by a wayward space heater, a city in darkness because of an electrical outage spawned by snow-laden power lines breaking, or a one-storm accumulation of 25 inches of snow or better — does a northern snowstorm become newsworthy for the rest of the nation.

Otherwise, reporting snowfall in winter is worth 30 seconds — tops — of air time. It’s the forecast that matters, not the recent past.

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