The latest excuse for the Katrina media riot is all about race:
Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss cited telephone breakdowns as a primary cause of reporting errors, but said the fact that most evacuees were poor African Americans also played a part.
“If the dome and Convention Center had harbored large numbers of middle class white people,” Amoss said, “it would not have been a fertile ground for this kind of rumor-mongering.”
As I live in a part of country bereft of black people (Pacific Northwest) I can’t comment on this except to say it strikes me as rather remarkable. I mean, this guy works for a newspaper that can’t tell what’s happening right before its eyes, yet he feels competent to analyze an alternate reality that doesn’t even exist?
Oh, I forgot, “facts are commodities, we want lessons to live by.”