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9-8-05 National Media Receiving Backlash to New Orleans Coverage

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September 7, 2005


National Media Receiving Backlash to New Orleans Coverage


By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.


While the Anti-Bush media was having a “field-day” with the New Orleans Katrina aftermath, it was not having the impact they expected.


Over the weekend while talking to friends, I realized many other Americans felt some of my reaction.  The folks in New Orleans were not heroes or victims.  Many brought their troubles on themselves.


Some were obviously THUGS!   Some looked like “Baby Makers”.


Many of us were wondering why the New Orleans Officials did not have buses to evacuate the citizens.   Some of us noted the Mayor and Governor are Democrats.  Was the media onslaught of Bush really defensive posturing or taking the offense for defense?


Well the Bush-Haters will try to blame him for any and everything, including the weather.  At the same time, he just keeps on being President and Presidential.  He outclasses his extremist critics every time.  Will they never learn?


The American Public is too sophisticated to buy the media pulp fed for decades.  Now we can see and draw our own conclusions.   The President is fortunate to have the alternative media sources. 


We are fortunate to have a strong, stead-fast Leader with character during these challenging times.


9-4-05 Time To Help & Learn – Not Blame Game


The Gainesville Times



September 4, 2005                   EDITORIAL


We must help now, learn from disaster response for future

Some people along our distraught Gulf Coast are angry because they begged for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and none came. Some people here are angry because they knew about the lack of response.

Former President Bill Clinton, who now is working with former President George H.W. Bush to raise rescue funds, probably explained it best. He said he understood why the people living in "hellacious conditions" in the New Orleans Superdome felt the way they did, "but the people that put them there did it because they thought they were saving their lives, and then when the problems showed up, they had a lot of other people to save." …being set up in Gainesville, and the families in these centers will need plenty of contributions.

9-5-05 Condoleezza Rice Says Race Had Nothing to do With Katrina Aid

Yahoo! News



September 5, 2005


Rice says race had nothing to do with Katrina aid


By Matt Daily



Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday toured areas of her home state hit by Hurricane Katrina and disputed claims her government had been slow to respond because most of the victims were black.


Rice, the most senior black member of President George W. Bush's Cabinet, said she did not believe race had anything to do with how quickly the government reacted to Katrina, which killed thousands and displaced millions along the Gulf coast.


"I don't believe for a minute anybody allowed people to suffer because they are African-Americans. I just don't believe it for a minute," said Rice, while visiting a hurricane relief center outside of Mobile, Alabama……


9-5-05 Misery in Southern Mississippi Overshadowed by New Orleans Coverage





September 5, 2005        JACKSON, Miss.


Mississippians' Suffering Overshadowed


Associated Press Writer

Mississippi hurricane survivors looked around Saturday and wondered just how long it would take to get food, clean water and shelter. And they were more than angry at the federal government and the national news media.

Richard Gibbs was disgusted by reports of looting in New Orleans and upset at the lack of attention hurricane victims in his state were getting.

"I say burn the bridges and let 'em all rot there," he said. "We're suffering over here too, but we're not killing each other. We've got to help each other. We need gas and food and water and medical supplies." ……..

"My medicine is running out. I need high blood pressure medicine, medicine for my heart," she said.

Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist, said he's been watching hours of Katrina coverage every day and most of the national media attention has focused on the devastation and looting in New Orleans.

"Mississippi needs more coverage," Sabato said. "Until people see it on TV, they don't think it's real." …….

President Bush toured ravaged areas of the Mississippi coast on Friday with Gov. Haley Barbour and other state officials. They also flew over flooded New Orleans.

"I'm going to tell you, Mississippi got hit much harder than they did, but what happened in the aftermath _ it makes your stomach hurt to go miles and miles and miles and the houses are all under water up to the roof," Barbour said. …..

Mississippi's death toll from Hurricane Katrina stood at 144 on Saturday, according to confirmed reports from coroners and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Barbour had said Friday the total was 147, but he didn't provide a county-by-county breakdown.

In a strongly worded editorial, The Sun Herald of Biloxi-Gulfport pleaded for help and questioned why a massive National Guard presence wasn't already visible.

"We understand that New Orleans also was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, but surely this nation has the resources to rescue both that metropolitan (area) and ours," the newspaper editorialized, saying survival basics like ice, gasoline and medicine have been too slow to arrive. …..

9-7-05 CNN-Gallup Poll – Only 13 % Blame President





Wed Sep 07 2005 10:42:26 ET




A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 609 adults taken September 5-6 shows:

Blame Game -- 13% said George W. Bush is "most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane"; 18% said "federal agencies"; 25% said "state and local officials"; 38% said "no one is to blame"; 6% had no opinion. -- 29% said that "top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be fired"; 63% said they should not; 8% had no opinion.

9-7-05 Crime rate, inept pols leveled New Orleans before the storm


The New York Daily News



September 7, 2005      Op-Ed Column


Don't blame only feds

Crime rate, inept pols leveled New Orleans before the storm


By Michael Goodwin


Let's take a break from the joy of Bush bashing to reveal the dirty little secret of New Orleans: Its local government deserves an F for its planning and response to Katrina. And one other thing: The New Orleans police force would be a joke if it weren't a disgrace. ….

The charge of racism-inspired foot-dragging isn't just nonsense. It's pernicious nonsense, as in destructive and malicious. You know that's a fact because loony Howard Dean, the Democratic Party boss, is now peddling it. He's joined by Jesse Jackson, who said the squalor in New Orleans "looks like the hull of a slave ship." Oh, please.

If even a smidgen of the racism charges are true, President Bush should be shot. But before we give him his blindfold, let's look at New Orleans before Katrina.

Start with crime. That looters ran unchecked after the hurricane isn't surprising when you consider that criminals have had the run of the city for years.

It is a perennial contender for Murder Capital. The 264 homicides last year were a drop of only 11 from 2003 - and the first decline in five years.

New Orleans, with fewer than 500,000 people, had almost half the murders of New York, which had 570 homicides last year in a city of more than 8 million. Put another way, if New York had New Orleans' murder rate, we would have more than 4,200 murders a year……….

9-7-05 Coverage of Katrina Is a Disaster


Accuracy in Media



September 2, 2005

Katrina: The Perfect Storm for Media Malpractice

By Larry Grooms                     OP-ED

Larry Grooms is a retired newspaper editor with 33 years of experience in local and                  regional dailies.

  And then the water started to rise.

We are an impatient people. We get annoyed when the ATM machine doesn't spit out $0 bills in under 20 seconds. We demand fast food, instant email replies, short lines and immediate solutions to all problems.

And we get news delivered so hot, fast and fresh that it could be as toxic to our nation as the tainted meat in an undercooked hamburger.

In the digitally-enabled rush to show and tell all there is, and then explain it all in nearly real time, we skip a vital but humanly slow need in the processing of news and information – serious thought and rational reflection.

Hurricane Katrina was the perfect storm to lay bare the insidious and largely unintended consequences that can follow when the story races so far ahead of unfolding events that the storyteller becomes the story's architect.

The news media roller coaster started creakily on Friday when Katrina was thought to be a non-event; coasted ….

And then the water started to rise…….

Instead of helping to bring the nation together to support the victims of the hurricane scattered across 90,000 square miles of the Gulf Coast, the media used the plight of the victims to attack government at almost every level. With 20-20 hindsight and an attitude, the coverage served to reinforce the utterly unrealistic expectations so many of our fellow Americans have come to embrace.

The notion that big federal and state government can solve all human problems with a sufficient application of taxpayer cash has been a major media mantra for decades. And between the calming of the winds and the rising of the waters, the media found its own perfect storm of national discontent.

Oddly enough, the media missed one story completely: The media's own failure to prepare for the hurricane and its aftermath – the same allegation with which it hammered government leaders and agencies.

While reporters ran interview-after-interview with victims complaining of not having any direction or communication from government agencies, the reporters uniformly forget to mention that, 'oh, yeah, that's OUR job.'……

It would seem that the media organizations themselves neglected disaster planning. Many news organizations, aware that you can't very well cover a disaster locally if you lack the means to tell what you know, have very detailed disaster plans. But media managers might argue that this disaster was so unusual that no amount of planning could have helped. Please note that these would be the same folks who want to blame the state and federal governments for planning past imperfect.

But somebody had to be the bad guy. Every story has to have a good guy and a bad guy, and many times liberally minded reporters are conflicted about which is which. The bad guys could have been the looters and the shooters. But the media has a problem trying to assign blame to evil, bloody-minded people who might also just happen to be poor……

Interestingly in this event, the media did not much characterize Katrina as being "an act of God," a phase common to casualty insurance documents. Perhaps the media was loath to mention God because they didn't want to acknowledge his existence and influence in human affairs.

There was likewise scant mention of flood insurance, a federally provided protection for financially responsible people who happen to live in a flood plain.

As this is written, the story of Hurricane Katrina is still just 72 hours old. But we have endured a century's worth of disconnected images and sound bites, drowning us in a miasma of emotional responses, without the human space for news consumers to process it all……