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Sunday, August 27, 2006
WHAT THE MSM GOT WRONG ON KATRINA
A steady flow of rescue helicopters arrive at the evacuee staging area in New Orleans, La , on Sept 2, 2005 Thousands of victims have been flown to the staging area since evacuations began on Aug 31.
What the MSM got wrong about Katrina -- and it was significant! -- Lou Dolinar sets right.
Katrina: What went right
It was impossible, as well, for the media, which were getting most of their information from City Hall. What audiences across the country saw as a breakdown of relief efforts was in fact a breakdown of media relations. Instead of marveling at the courage and endurance of rescuers, television spread lurid rumors of near-parodic depravity: gang violence (with AK-47s!), murder (200 slain, stacked, and frozen!), rape (women, children, babies!), sniping at helicopters, and rampage at the Superdome. Mainstream publications have since shown these reports to be false; since most of what the media did report was dead wrong, no one should be surprised that there was a parallel failure to report what went right.
On this score, the biggest lie — worse than the urban legends haunting the Superdome — was that help was slow to arrive. Rescuers say that on Monday, when the levees failed and water surged through the city, they saved thousands who were in danger of drowning — and that they simply could not have arrived any sooner. Not enough resources? Admiral Duncan says one of his biggest problems was that so many helicopters were operating, they risked crashing into one another.
8 Lots of photos showing how much all of the different units of military helped with Hurricane Relief.