posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 09:37 AM
A little bit off-topic here, but in addition to the print coverage discrepancies ---white people "finding" things and black people "looting"
them---the television coverage, which ahs admittedly all been pretty lousy, has varied a lot in how it presents things, as well. CBS has tended to
focus on "human interest" type stories, while NBC and ABC both seem to be operating as governemnt mouthpieces, assuing everyone to stay calm and
that help is on the way, blah,blah,blah. Meanwhile, CNN tries to look like the senior statesman providing the big overall picture, more respnosible
than the other networks, but pretty dull. Meanwhile, Fox News, as one would expect, ahs been by far the worst. They focus way more on the "looting
and lawlessness," and always refer to the situation as "anarchy"---as if anarchy and chaos are one and the same thing. News flash, they are not!
New Orleans is not in a state of "anarchy"---they still have a mayor, governor, senators, and son-of-a-Bush shedding crocodile tears over it all.
They are , however, in a state of total chaos.
Given the "response" of the government, one has to wonder if anarcy---real anarchy, not as defined by the news media---might actually be better than
this! in the meantime, I suggest that we send Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilley and John Gibson right into the thick of things and see how long they
last. They're so "shocked" an d"appalled" by it all---let's see how long it takes them to sink down to the same desperate level if they lose
their homes, jobs, possessions, and in many cases even their families. I'd give each of these rich, pampered, pompus jerks---who know right from
wrong so much better than the rest of us, of course---exactly ten minutes until they would be left gibbering mental basket cases. My guess is they
wouldn't survive that chaos , any my reaction ,for one, would be "tough sh*t and good riddance."