Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Because I'm a closet snuff addict: more disaster coverage

In addition to the links pasted in the post below, Slate complements Times-Picayune's refreshingly raw, hectic coverage with a slower, more measured set of commentaries.

Jack Shafer again brings the nut sack to the cuddle party and asks, "Hey, what's with all the black people?"
When disaster strikes, Americans - especially journalists - like to pretend that no matter who gets hit, no matter what race, color, creed, or socioeconomic level they hail from, we're all in it together...

... But we aren't one united race, we aren't one united class, and Katrina didn't hit all folks equally... By ignoring race and class, they boot the journalistic opportunity to bring attention to the disenfranchisement of a whole definable segment of the population. What I wouldn't pay to hear a Fox anchor ask, "Say, Bob, why are these African-Americans so poor to begin with?"

Oh, and whoever came up with "You're fucked if you don't have relatives you can crash with, a car or money for a hotel." evacuation plan needs to be slapped around a few times.

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