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Tiger JJ
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Member since Aug 2010
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Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
I've changed my opinion on this from last week. Not that I think BR people really "need" media coverage of the damage, but I just find it very odd that the following fact pattern does not merit wider coverage:

A US State Capital that is:

--largely still without electricity 1 week out from the storm and with pretty long timelines for when power can be largely restored

--massive wind damage with downed trees on tops of destroyed cars and houses. I've been told it really looked disastrous in a lot of areas.

--martial law in effect


Do a Google News search for "gustav baton rouge" and surprise yourself at the results.

A lot of people have tried to make this a racial thing, but that doesn't make sense to me. After all, BR is more than half black. What I think it is is that there's really just no way to make Bush look bad on this one, so why bother?

I would describe the media coverage of Gustav as follows:

National media waiting breathlessly by the levees in NOLA and actively pulling for them to fail; when they do not fail, head back home.






I survived Curly
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
Agreed. As soon as New Orleans was in the clear, they bailed out. Hard to believe.


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usc6158
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
It's not New Orleans, so people don't care


Y.A. Tittle
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
I was amazed. I was in BR yesterday, and it actually looks a good bit worse than the non-flooded areas of N.O. did after Katrina.

It was hammered BAD.

I agree, it's not a racial thing, and any attempts at comparisons to the parts of N.O. that were underwater for over two weeks, is sort of apples to oranges.


Tiger JJ
Iowa State Fan
Member since Aug 2010
545 posts

re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
Yeah, devastating flooding is the worst thing possible (well, I guess Waveland's complete destruction last time was worse). I'm not arguing that. I'm just saying this merits mention.


Catman88
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Member since Dec 2004
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
I lived in Slidell during Katrina and BR during Gustav. You would be suprised to learn how much more aid was available during Katrina than Gustav. FEMA has screwed up just as bad in many ways for Gustav but you dont hear about it because I just find the people here put up with it more. Of course Katrina only hit the 9th ward to the rest of the world. And I agree it seemed like the media was hoping for the levee to break.. WTF was up with that?


Y.A. Tittle
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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I'm not arguing that. I'm just saying this merits mention.


It's definitely much worse than the one trailer park in Oklahoma that seems to get hit by a tornado every year, and garners about 3-4 days of national media coverage.


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keakdasneak
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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It's not New Orleans, so people don't care


I think it's just because it's not dramatic. The bar has been raised for dramatic natural disasters because of the images from Katrina. If it's not on that level, the news outlets aren't going to give it much attention. Our news coverage is not about substance.


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MileHigh
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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Yeah, devastating flooding is the worst thing possible (well, I guess Waveland's complete destruction last time was worse). I'm not arguing that. I'm just saying this merits mention.

yes, the wife and I discussed this.

Not sure why, we can only guess is b.c the destruction wasn't as sensational as katrina. It appears that hanna has gotten almost no coverage.

Too bad the troy state game was canceled. That would have gotten some attention to the problem. Hope N. Texas is not canceled.


Tiger JJ
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Member since Aug 2010
545 posts

re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
My elderly godmother lives in a nice neighborhood and is still without power in the heat down there. All trees in her yard were downed. In fact, almost everyone I know down there had non-minor damage of some sort.


los angeles tiger
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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Of course Katrina only hit the 9th ward to the rest of the world. And I agree it seemed like the media was hoping for the levee to break.. WTF was up with that?


After Katrina, I heard horrible comments from people here that had never been to New Orleans, like "Why do they still make all the black people live in areas that will flood?" It was if no white people had any damage to their homes. It was infuriating. Everyone in New Orleans suffered and most had damage to their homes. Now, very little talk about Baton Rouge, much less Houma and Thibodaux.


Mike da Tigah
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
As long as America's Boobie, Drinking, and Pissing on the streets destination is unharmed, they don't really concern themselves with the two million other people living in what I can only think they believe is some never ending swamp land out there. One of the first things I noticed when I finally got power was a slip of the tongue on one of the morning shows. The guy made a comment about Louisiana just barely missing the brunt of the storm's wrath and the levee's held. Of course he was talking about New Orleans, but the fact that he said "Louisiana" instead pretty much sums it up when people think of this state.


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11Tiger
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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A lot of people have tried to make this a racial thing, but that doesn't make sense to me. After all, BR is more than half black. What I think it is is that there's really just no way to make Bush look bad on this one, so why bother?


I agree with this. The democrats were still talking about "Bush's katrina blunder" as recent as the democratic convention. The lack of media coverage of Baton Rouge did not suprise me. Look at the little coverage Mississippi got during katrina and the the lack of coverage in SW Louisiana during Rita. Its like the media said " Well, no political story here, lets go home."


MississippiLSUfan
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
Sadly, it's not news when people endure hardship and are responsible enough to take the initiative to help themselves and each other. Now, had the residents of BR and the surrounding areas sat in the dark and awaited the government cheese wagon to come to their aid while screaming to the media about the lack of gov resources and preparedness, that would be another matter.

The citizens of BR should be proud of the way they have handled themselves since the storm. My brother lives in Ascencion (sp?) Parish and has related several stories of how many of the people who were hit hard have responded and pulled togeather. Truely admirable behavior. But sorry, unless there is unabated self-imposed suffering and several fingers pointed toward inadequate government actions or inactions...it just ain't news to the MSM.

People who pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get to work to improve the situation for themselves are not the people that CNN and MSNBC want to talk to or shine a spotlight on. That type of thing might be catching and not at all to be promoted.

But all of you are admired and appreciated for the way that you have handled yourselves...at least by me. Kudos!


Mike da Tigah
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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I agree with this. The democrats were still talking about "Bush's katrina blunder" as recent as the democratic convention. The lack of media coverage of Baton Rouge did not suprise me. Look at the little coverage Mississippi got during katrina and the the lack of coverage in SW Louisiana during Rita. Its like the media said " Well, no political story here, lets go home."



If it weren't for Shepperd Smith (UM alumn) and his reports from the Mississippi Gulf coast and the unbelievable destruction, I don't know if much would be said of it compared to New Orleans.


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MileHigh
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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My elderly godmother lives in a nice neighborhood and is still without power in the heat down there. All trees in her yard were downed. In fact, almost everyone I know down there had non-minor damage of some sort.

sounds about the same for my maw maw in law.

She has a generator though. They bought one after katrina. My family must love our maw maw more than your family loves your maw maw


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Lsupimp
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
I got a call from a friend in Seattle mocking the "severity" of the storm. "Glad N.O. didn't flood" and "whats a few days without power" and all that.

My neighborhood looks like a war zone because we have (had) such mature trees. My kids have been out of school for a week. My income is non-existent. And I swear I have freaking dysentary,I am praying for God to take me quickly...

The national media has a racial /socialist template for most things, and this just isn't sexy enough.

And of course had the people of New York suffered a similar event Oprah would be broadcasting live and Sheryl Crow would have a benefit concert.


CarrolltonTiger
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Member since Aug 2005
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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FEMA has screwed up just as bad in many ways for Gustav but you dont hear about it because I just find the people here put up with it more.


How has FEMA screwed up? I'd like to hear about it?


MileHigh
Colorado State Fan
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Member since Jan 2004
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re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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And I swear I have freaking dysentary,I am praying for God to take me quickly..

quite similar to my prayer.


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Volvagia
LSU Fan
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Member since Mar 2006
46826 posts

re: Lack of BR Gustav coverage approaching Orwellian status
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--massive wind damage with downed trees on tops of destroyed cars and houses. I've been told it really looked disastrous in a lot of areas.


Past tense is wrong here.

Entire roads are still blocked on side streets of main thoroughfares, and even driving on main roads like College drive, there are far more intersections with non working traffic lights there there are those with it.

But of course, you have liberals who do not live here, who do not see the day by day status of BR, bleating that the curfew is unneeded, with overtures that it is evidence of a police state.


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