Why did the media care about Hurricane Katrina but not the mass flooding in Louisiana, which have left 60,000+ with damaged homes and thirteen dead?
Criticism has rightly been crowing, targeted at the national media for the relative lack of attention it is paying to the catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana.
Though network news and major daily papers have given some coverage to the devastation, the story hasn’t dominated media outlets in the way that Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina did. Nor have cable news anchors flocked to the area as they did last month to cover the protests over Alton Sterling’s death and the ambush killing of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Locals have been expressing their frustration over the lack of coverage on social media for weeks.
Via IJ Review
Heather Cross’s entire family lives in Louisiana, but she’s called Baton Rouge home since 2002.
She’s lived through Hurricane Katrina and now the historic flooding that has affected the state in the last two weeks. Cross tells Independent Journal Review that the two major weather events are similar, yet very “different”:
“Hurricane Katrina was also very devastating, but in a totally different way. Plus, the sheer geographic area affected in ways big and small is way broader [this time]. I think maybe 50 percent of the state has been affected by flooding and waters are rising in some places.”
After seeing the national news reports, or lack thereof, Cross took to Facebook to express her outrage over the media’s coverage of the historic flooding.
Cross explained to IJ Review that the media’s coverage of Baton Rouge, in general, tends to show Southerners as a “bunch of uneducated hicks,” which, especially in such a tragic time, is painful to see.
The media reported on Louisiana during racial tension following the shooting death of the aforementioned Alton Sterling – where are they now, when everywhere you look you can find black people and white people loving each other, helping each other through this crisis.
The Department of Justice and many other agencies of the executive branch overseen by He Who Cannot Be Troubled To Leave Martha’s Vineyard issued a long bureaucratic memo on Tuesday of last week lecturing us that we had better not discriminate against people in our disaster relief efforts. Has there been any evidence of discrimination in relief? Of course not, but apparently everything now has to be made into a racial issue for no reason.