I spent too much time yesterday watching all of the Katrina coverage. There was one common thread that ran through all of the coverage.
The common thread was the feeling of superiority all of the media types still feel about the common man. We are the MEDIA, you are not. I couldn't even count the number of times a reporter would come on and lash into folks for not moving out of the way of the hurricane. There were kids surfing and reporters calling them names, criticizing them for supposedly taking up valuable police resources while the officers could be doing something better.
Hey reporters - stick it. These are grown adults that can make their own decisions. If they want to stay, they can stay. If they want to leave, that is tough shit anyway since the evacuation orders were given so late by the agencies that traffic was locked for miles around. The nerve of these people to just criticize and call people names who are doing what they think is best for themselves and their property.
And in the end, it is the MEDIA's fault for sensationalizing all of the hurricanes for the past few years that didn't do squat! Not only the hurricane coverage is sensationalized, but other stories as well.
Of course people won't leave - what the media reported in the past as a massive nasty storm doesn't materialize into much of anything except a few big thunderstorms. The public that consumes mass media has been conditioned not to believe it. I find that very interesting.
I found this video on the web today. One of the most annoying personalities of all on Fox, Shepard Smith, asks a guy what he is doing. The guy replies that he is walking his dogs. Then Shep prods him more and gets a taste of that Big Easy mentality. It really is none of his fucking business. And by the way, shouldn't Shep and all of the rest of the reporters get the heck out of there? Isn't it dangerous not to heed the warnings of the various agencies?