If you’ve followed my Katrina coverage, you know that I give very little slack to the media when they get things wrong simply because they are not willing to get it right. I always say that I don’t mind if reporters don’t fully understand the area or if they can’t comprehend what the hurricane did, that’s actually to be expected.
In fact, I chuckled when FOXNews showed the broken levees on a map but had them on the wrong side of a 26 mile wide lake. (oops) I even found it humorous when CNN said the 17th Street Canal levee broke at “The corner of 17th Street and Canal St.” — Of course when they kept saying it for 5 hours it was no longer amusing.
I don’t mind ignorance of the local area… They ain’t from here… But it just chaps me when people say patently stupid things because they refuse to even learn anything about which they are talking. The AFP brings us the most bungled news story I’ve seen yet.
No one knows just how deadly the season was, as many of Hurricane Katrina’s victims in New Orleans are feared to have been carried away by flood waters, buried under rubble or even eaten by crocodiles.
Eaten By Crocodiles? … Crocodiles? … In Louisiana?
Does this person even know where crocodiles live? Unless the storm hit somewhere in AFRICA*, the odds of crocs eating the locals are quite slim. – AND it doesn’t take a local to know that.
But before you blast the media in the comments… The blogosphere is not immune to such stupidity.
I had one guy tell me the levees had not been breached because if they had been breached “Water would be cascading into the city.” — I’m not sure what channel he was watching.
I had another guy -who lived 1000 miles away- tell me I was wrong; that the 9th Ward was NOT part of New Orleans…. I asked what it was the 9th ward of? Chicago?
What kills me though is how many New Orleans flood control experts there are in the blogosphere…
I had a guy tell me that the Friday before the storm the only topic of conversation in his office was that the floodwalls around New Orleans might fail. It’s pretty impressive that these people were not only familiar with New Orleans flood control but knew the walls were going to fail before anyone else. What made it even more impressive though is that on Friday afternoon the National Hurricane Center was still predicting Katrina would hit Florida. Apparently the folks in his office not only knew it was going to hit New Orleans, they knew the floodwalls were going fail too. And can you believe they kept it to themselves? The bastards!
I try to keep a sense of humor about such things… Admittedly sometimes I’m more successful than others. (And sometimes not at all. 😉
At least in recent days the media has managed to report on something other than the 10 square blocks that make up the French Quarter. Still, you have to wonder if people are fully awake when they say some of the things they say.
* Yeah I know, crocs live other place than Africa but I assure you SE Louisiana ain’t one of them.