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."
Okay... here's the deal. Conservatives mistrust the media, but poor blacks mistrust it to the third power. There's a slang expression I heard a few years back about the unofficial grapevine for black rumors: "the Brown Paper News." During one of the periods of rioting in New York, a special phone line was set up for people to call which would debunk rumors flying around. The phone line wasn't set up for white people.
The media should know that. Their job is not to report rumors -- for crying out loud, bloggers are taken to task for doing just that even though we, you know, don't -- but to verify stories as true and then report them. Not to simply regurgitate whatever crazy unsubstantiated rumors they've heard.
So who's fault is it that they just reported this stuff as true? Why, it's the fault of poor blacks, who passed rumors on to them! Apparently they had no obligation to confirm these things before broadcasting them.
Well, there you go. If it sounds accurate to you, run with it!
Let me hoist the MSM by their own retarded petard and make a left-wing criticism of them:
Did these rumors of ramptant lawlessless and murder and rape "sound accurate" to them because the assumed perpetrators of the mayhem were "sooo poor and sooo black"?
Apparently it's easier for the MSM that soooo poor and soooo black citizens will degenerate into a Mad Max-like state of barbarism, murder, and even cannibalism than other people.
Let's compare the responsibility and restraint shown by bloggers to that shown by the MSM. Who wins? I will be G*d-d*mned to hell before I ever put up with another MSM scolding about how "irresponsible" bloggers are in their reportage and commentary.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
According to MSM, Perpetrating Mayhem, Or At Least Lying About It, Is Just What Poor Black Folk Do
Great post by Ace of Spades. Read it all, but here are some exerpts: