Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hey There Anderson Cooper - Just wanted to let you know the State of Tennessee is now Lake Tennessee

Unless you have been......well anywhere besides Tennessee, you probably know that there has been massive flooding throughout the entire middle part of the state since this weekend. What really blows my mind is that the national news IS BARELY COVERING THE EVENT!!!!!! At first it was described as a 100 year flood - meaning you only see a flood of this magnitude once every hundred years - but now it appears to be more like a 1,000 year flood because of the sheer size and number of people affected. And again, the national news is hardly touching it.

There have been two other big national issues - the attempted bombing in NY and oil spill off the coast of Louisiana - but seriously this flood is a big freaking deal. Local TV news in Nashville has had pretty much wall-to-wall coverage for days now, more than thousands of people are living in shelters (this doesn't include the thousands of others who are staying in hotels or with friends or family), 5 waterways have hit record levels, several of the bars and businesses off historic Broadway are flooded, the Opryland Convention Center has several feet of water in it, entire sections of the state were marooned, boat loads of people had to be evacuated from the ATTICS AND ROOFS OF THEIR HOMES and hundreds of motorists were trapped on interstates for hours on end.

Dare I say it? Is this a case of the left wing liberal media elite being biased? It may be a stretch but I really have no other estimation as to why this story is being ignored nationally. So the left wing part - the big bad oil industry is killing the poor fishies. Not to say that the LA story is not newsworthy - it is - but it is either on the same level of the flood or little maybe a level or two below. Now the media elite part - to the MSM (main stream media) it only matters if it happens in New York. Again, the attempted bombing is a big story and should be covered, but if this happened in downtown Omaha would it get the same attention by the MSM? I think not. I mean come on, it's scary and all but the FREAKING BOMB DID NOT GO OFF.

Well Tennessee, it time for you to step up to the plate. If you want to get media coverage for a massive natural disaster - probably the biggest since the national media even existed - you need to do one of three things 1) Be able to blame some evil capitalist 2) Make sure it in some way impacts the Columbia and Berkley Journalism grads in Manhattan or 3) Screw up the rescue and recovery efforts so badly that years later the Ninth Ward is still uninhabitable. There. I've said my peace.

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