Katrina: Media Bias and Lessons Learned

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    Five years after the disaster that was Katrina, the media remains unwilling to expose those primarily at fault for the consequent human disaster – New Orleans.

    ...What followed was a national media that then turned its cameras away from the abhorrent behaviors taking place within New Orleans itself by officials and residents, instead focusing on the alleged slow response of the Bush administration to the crisis. Forgotten or willfully ignored were the faults of New Orleans Mayor Nagin, Orleans Parish officials, local and state law enforcement, and other state officials – including Governor Blanco. Katrina became a focused media-bias tool to bludgeon the Bush administration with, while the facts surrounding the on-ground response, were dismissed as counter-productive to that newly created and terribly slanted Katrina storyline.

    ...The Katrina disaster was indeed a failure of government – a powerful condemnation of the dangers of a welfare state that robs its citizens of the necessity of self-determination, and personal responsibility.


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    Yes..

    The Media must have been biased for focusing on dead bodies floating in the streets, people clinging to rooftops, people begging for food and medications, people begging to be evacuated.

    I guess your point is that they should have focused on the inability of a city government to deal with the largest natural disaster in history

    You are doing a heckuva job Sinatra
     
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    As the images unfolded on television screens across America of the rising waters, the flooded streets, the rooftop rescues, Americans were rightfully concerned and compassionate for those residents of New Orleans suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. What is too often forgotten though is how this initial concern and compassion began to turn into discomfort as images then turned to citizens of New Orleans looting private business, chaos and gunfire running rampant, law enforcement turning away, or in some cases, abandoning their positions altogether. And let us not forget New Orleans Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin’s odd outburst on a local radio station, where he proclaimed he was “not one of those drug addicts” while at the same time embarking on a profanity laced tirade against then-Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (a Democrat) and President Bush. (a Republican). The same Ray Nagin who a short time later then said at a town hall meeting, ”I can see in your eyes, you want to know, ‘How do I take advantage of this incredible opportunity? How do I make sure New Orleans is not overrun with Mexican workers.” New Orleans locals in attendance applauded Nagin’s remarks. Nagin later followed up that commentary with his public declaration of wanting to make New Orleans a “Chocolate City”, indicating it was God’s Will that Blacks become the dominant race within the city.


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    The looting was overplayed and in most cases probably wasn't actually looting.

    People DON'T want to leave their homes.

    Go fuck yourself, Sinatra...you are a coward and a cad.
     
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    What is your point asshole?

    For one the media was the only one down there. Do you think most of us forgotten what we watched?
     
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    :lol: Yep...I remember thinking, hey! Geraldo Rivera can film himself in tears from New Orleans but Bush's administration can't deliver water???
     
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    The fact is the media did a better job of responding than the government did. They were on the scene within hours, knew where the survivors were, knew what was needed, had helicopters and satellite communications.

    Meanwhile, Brownie had no idea there were people in the Convention Center even though the media had been reporting from there for days
     
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    The true reality of Katrina was this – that after decades of government-induced dependence, segments of New Orleans population had become seemingly incapable of helping themselves. Their first and only reaction was to wait for help. These people were institutionalized victims, not responsible for their own well being. Nary a word from the media described this reality. Nothing spoken regarding the fact that New Orleans, long a pit of the most corrupt and wasteful politics, was a city mired in a welfare-state mentality, with per capita welfare spending 78 percent higher than the national average. Those areas of New Orleans hardest hit by the rising waters were most often areas dominated by public housing, and by inhabitants bereft of the ability to act responsibly, for such ability had never been required of them before. While the role of the Federal Government is deserving of both scrutiny and blame regarding the disaster that was Katrina, it is not the role of the Federal Government to act as first responders. That role lies with state and local authorities. Those local and state authorities were warned by federal authorities of the hurricane, were told to enact appropriate disaster plan measures – including evacuation of New Orleans residents. Mayor Ray Nagin enacted no such plan. What Nagin did do was engage in a persistent blame game of everyone other than himself. Where was the media’s focus on the clear corruption of responsibility against Nagin and his administration? How many lives could have been saved had Ray Nagin enacted an appropriate evacuation plan? And how many lives could have been saved if so many of the residents of New Orleans had not been taught to look first to government to save them, instead of looking first to themselves?


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    How do you evacuate people who have nowhere to go? People who are afraid to leave there houses, their pets behind?

    Where were they supposed to go once they left? Most had little money, no credit cards, there was no space for 450,000 people.

    Does each American city have an evacuation plan for all of its citizens? Where would 11 million New Yorkers go?
     
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    Ah, so your answer then is to say no-one is to blame? That no city can effectively prepare for a disaster?

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