I have been wondering this one for about a week now.
Tennessee, Nashville, in particular has suffered a Millennial Flood.
People have died.
The Grand Ole Opry say they may not re-open until Christmas.
Heard much about it in the new media??
Unless you’re FOX, not much.
The Oil Spill and yet another failed bomb attack are more important.
The Oil spill is a disaster, but so is much of the coverage of it.
The failed bomber, who many on the left immediately started wondering out loud if they were a “teabagger” found instead a naturalized Pakistani.
That must have been a crushing disappointment.
So now the left wants to make excuses for him. Oh, it was his foreclosure…he was having trouble making it…etc
After all, he couldn’t be a radical muslim terrorist who failed now could he. 😦
The left can’t even utter “muslim” or “terrorist” to begin with without having their Politically Correct license revoked.
But then there’s Tennessee.
A vastly more widespread and terrible flood than New Orleans.
But there are no $2500 visa cards, FEMA Trailers, and vitriolic media excoriating The President for “being too slow”.
Hell, Obama took more than a week to even give a crap about the Oil Spill and no one in the Ministry of Truth blinked an eye.
But because, I guess, there is no constituency to exploit, and no photo-ops Tennessee gets largely ignored.
No political points to be scored.
No one screaming “racism” (at least about this) and leaving the poor to die and all the other Katrina-related screaming.
And Tennesseeans are not asking for handouts either.
And that is probably the most telling.
What does it say when 11 men who perish on an exploding oil platform, or 30 poor souls who die in a 1,000-year Tennessee flood, get less coverage than two oil-soaked birds? It says news is driven from the left.
It is to the credit of the one media outlet that reported the paparazzi-like scrums of reporters trailing rescue workers as they tried to clean off one oil-soaked gannet caught in the oil spill off Louisiana waters after a rig exploded in the Gulf on April 20. Not only did the U.S. and European media obsess breathlessly about the bird, and later about a brown pelican that followed, they seemed to be panting for more.
That’s because birds are convenient tools for driving the radical green agenda to halt all oil drilling. TV media and the national papers pounded the bird story because it served a political purpose.
It’s getting obvious that that’s the pattern: A parallel example is in the media coverage of combat deaths in Afghanistan. During the Bush years, the media reported deaths of soldiers daily because it advanced an anti-war agenda. With President Obama now at the helm, they’ve dropped coverage.
A look at the Los Angeles Times’ oil spill coverage, for one, shows birds featured daily in its blog and paper while the 11 oil platform workers have barely registered. On the blog, the news of the deaths wasn’t acknowledged until May 5, eight days after the workers’ employer identified them in a memorial Web site.
Is this important? Yes. Regardless of the worries about the birds, the workers’ deaths are more tragic and have more implications for society. But as people, they hardly serve an agenda.
The bird obsession looks even worse when one looks north to the flooding that’s engulfed two-thirds of Tennessee and its neighbors in a natural environmental disaster. On May 1, the region suffered its biggest floods in 500 years. Nashville was almost underwater. The death toll continues to climb. The regional economy will take a $1.5 billion hit.
The Associated Press has done some excellent team coverage of these events, but it hasn’t been featured much in national news, nor in major newspapers. Tennessee’s floods made a single-column story on the last page of section of the May 6 L.A. Times.
It’s a shame to see these stories buried. The news reflects the values of the media outlets, and unfortunately, a radical agenda drives it. That’s not reflective of what matters in the real America out there, however, and goes to show a disconnect between what’s important to readers and what matters to the left. (IBD)
And the left will be abusing the memory of this accident for decades to push their 19th Century agenda.
And the left will continue to demonize Oil companies gleefully.
Even if Obama and the Democrats have taken massive amounts of cash from them.
Your gasoline price will continue to rise. But it won’t be their fault.
It’s Big Oil!
The Next Demon on the Block!
Meanwhile, the people of Tennessee will quietly just rebuild their lives as best they can.
They don’t matter to the Ministry of Truth.
THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA.
That’s what matters.
Or as Newsweek put it:
First, the modern media may be more multifarious than ever, but they’re also remarkably monomaniacal. In a climate where chatter is constant and ubiquitous, newsworthiness now seems to be determined less by what’s most important than by what all those other media outlets are talking about the most. Sheer volume of coverage has become its own qualification for continued coverage. (Witness the Sandra Bullock-Jesse James saga.) In that sense, it’s easy to see why the press can’t seem to focus on more than one or two disasters at the same time. Everyone is talking about BP and Faisal Shahzad 24/7, the “thinking” goes. So there must not be anything else that’s as important to talk about. It’s a horrible feedback loop.
Hmmm. The “Everyone Is Only Covering These Stories So We Must As Well” defense.
Anybody buying that?
After all, for any given news outlet, be it print or television, you could find TONS of coverage in the past week not dealing exclusively with the oil spill and Shahzad.
So this certainly doesn’t explain why possibly the biggest non-hurricane/non-earthquake natural disaster in American history got so little coverage.
The problem for Nashville was that both the gulf oil spill and the Times Square terror attempt are like the Russian novels of this 24/7 media culture, with all the plot twists and larger themes (energy, environment, terrorism, etc.) required to fuel the blogs and cable shows for weeks on end. What’s more, both stories have political hooks, which provide our increasingly politicized press (MSNBC, FOX News, blogs) with grist for the kind of arguments that further extend a story’s lifespan (Did Obama respond too slowly? Should we Mirandize terrorists?). The Nashville narrative wasn’t compelling enough to break the cycle, so the MSM just continued to blather on about BP and Shahzad.
So people drowning and losing everything they have in an epic flood wasn’t a strong enough narrative? It didn’t have enough plot twists and turns?
So what was the “narrative” and the “political hook” of the media’s months long focus after Hurricane Katrina? What were the compelling plot twists and turns?
In the end, Katrina’s narrative began almost immediately and continued until President Bush was made a lame duck less than a year into his second term: it was all his fault!
Bush Derangement Syndrome is still a rampant and seemingly incurable virus on the Left.
But when a flood happens in a highly-populated part of the nation’s south, and a Democrat President is slow to respond, that doesn’t fit the narrative for the press to be giving the coverage the story deserves?
There wasn’t a strong enough “political hook” here?
This seems particularly obvious given how the press FINALLY began reporting last Saturday on how slowly the White House responded to the oil spill. As that’s when the torrential rains began to hit Nashville, the media could have had a field day with how the Obama administration was slow on the uptake with that disaster as well.
Seems almost a slam-dunk, doesn’t it?
Or how about this for a narrative: Tennessee was one of the few states Obama didn’t win in November 2008. (NewBusters)
And he is very good to his friends and his base.
And the Ministry of Truth has MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “tingle up my leg” response.
So if the media has no “hook” that makes their leg “tingle” I guess you just don’t matter enough.
And that’s journalism today.
It has to matter to them first. And they have to follow the pack first.
And the pack is full of Leftists.
So THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA.
Gov. Mike Huckabee, last year: I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism, the once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.
Journalism once proudly patrolled our society and sought to tell us the stories that informed and sometimes inspired us. They also presented the news that would irritate us—and the irritation was not over the delivery, but the content as corruption and misdeeds were revealed.
Or as CNN said in a commercial in 1996, “All the News you need to know” and none of the rest.
Or as Walter Cronkite used to say, “And that’s the way it is…”