The wall-to-wall media coverage of Hurricane Irma over the weekend is a visceral reminder that in an era of allegations of fake news journalists remain ready and willing to put their lives in jeopardy to provide first-hand reports from the scene.

Reporters from CNN, MSNBC and local TV affiliates spent the weekend subjecting themselves to 100 mph-plus wind and rain in Florida as they urged everyone else to either evacuate or stay inside.

Why do they do this?

Because for the media, the story comes first. Journalists seek truth and need to be on the ground to get it. Journalists take risks to get the truth so they can tell everyone what’s going on.

Without first hand photos and video people will doubt the truth. And if you think that’s far-fetched just Google “9/11 Truthers.” These are people who believe the government faked the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

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