Covering the coverage [updated - again]
There are hundreds of people blogging the hurricane right now. I think I'm going to blog the coverage. The STUPID coverage.
We'll start with this:
And the accompanying quote:
"We need to recognize we may be about to experience our equivalent of the Asian tsunami, in terms of the damage and the numbers of people that can be killed," said Ivor van Heerden, director of the Louisiana State University Public Health Research Center in Baton Rouge.
I'm going to collect alarmist, overhyped, shock-value news items and quotes. Send them along.
I'm not saying this won't or can't be devasting to the city, but why, oh why, does there have to be this comparison? Was the tsunami their earthquake? Was the SF earthquake their great flood? Come on. Soon enough there will be catchy coverage names: Hurricane Hell! Storm of the Century!
It also occurs to me that the people in Asia had no warning. New Orleans had days to prepare. Or was that enough? NZ Bear blogs about negligent homicide.
And I just heard that the Superdome roof is 1/4 gone and the stadium is leaking?
Update: a quotable quote, from CNN (via Brendan Loy):
"Everyone is just kind of looking up in awe, that this is supposed to be the safest place in New Orleans, and now the Superdome is giving way to this Superstorm."
Update: Please see the comments for more disturbing coverage. And welcome AOL readers! Welcome MSNBC readers, too. Hit the main page, there's more hurricane coverage and a cheesecake picture of Jessica Simpson, and a scary picture of grown men wearing eyeliner and fondling a statue!
Atlantis? Ya think? Will the future generations of this world be left wondering if New Orleans ever existed?
Update: Right now on CNN:
Life-threatening flooding next fear
So..New Orleans does NOT disappear, is NOT the next Atlatnis, the Superdome does NOT collapse upon 10,000 people, there are NOT thousands of deaths nor corpses floating by on streams of raw sewage, but hang on New Orleans, the media will get their catastrophe yet!