FIRST CUTS: Covering Irene; Anonymous helps Time Warner

Joe Pompeo

Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

• Hurricane Irene brought out "media's big guns." (AP)

• Inside the Weather Channel's daring coverage: "The audio engineer wrapped his battery pack in a condom to keep it dry." (New York Times)

• Meet the woman behind the popular ElBloombito Twitter account: "The best thing about Hurricane Irene." (New York Observer)

• Alison Stewart is leaving the PBS Friday news show "Need to Know." (Media Decoder)

• How protesters affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous are boosting Time Warner's bottom line. (New York Times)