Tuesday, September 2, 2008

After The Storm

First let me say how thankful I am hurricane Gustav turned out to be a non-event. The picture you see is one I took of a friend's house in south Mississippi after Katrina. There were no reporters running around showing people in this area prior to or after Katrina. All the coverage was in New Orleans. Mississippi was an afterthought even though it was the primary recipient of Katrina's fury. I was once again sickened by the weather hype from the media. Any number of unshaven and rain coated talking heads stationed themselves in small towns around New Orleans and made conditions sound as dire as anyone could ever imagine. Their verbiage was betrayed by the weakening storm's lack of performance and they were left to make up whatever stories they could dredge up. Once again Mississippi was covered as, "and by the way the Mississippi Gulf Coast is also in the way of this storm." Great personalities from New Orleans like the Chocolate Mayor, Ray Nagin were once again featured. Fortunately, Louisiana has a competent new governor who made sure some of the idiot mayors elected by the inner city dregs didn't screw up this time.

I detest our fawning national media. We should immediately boycott the major new sources and national networks supporting them and try and get our news from independents.

Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness? -
Artemus Ward