Now I know why they called it 'yellow' journalism.
This is really a follow up on the Rebuild New Orleans Masterplan, and the way it is covered in the media. There are even more examples today.
I'm going to pick on MSNBC because, frankly, I expect more of them than this. Now, some of you may wonder, "what's the big deal with this article?" It goes with something Dante said in the comments section of the earlier post: The New Orleans story is very important to a lot of Americans. Many of us have family and friends that were affected. In a more 'bottom line' way of looking at it, a lot of American treasure (tax dollars) has been and is going to be spent down there, and a lot of folks (rightly) want to make sure that this money 1) gets where it needs to go and 2) isn't wasted by building up parts of the city that will get flooded again. Flood me once, shame on you. Flood me twice...
Are any of those questions answered by the MSNBC article? No. As a matter of fact, the headlines only point out the problems people are having with the plans. Sounds like just enough spin to stir thing up and dissillusion Americans from really following what is going on there.
Luckily, the Times-Picaynue has a vested interest in this issue, and gives a comprehensive look at what went on. And, from clicking around on NOLA, I was also able to find the homepage of the committees writing the plan. But I'd have never found that from MSNBC alone. I'd bet a small cabbage that it ain't gonna make the New York Whines this Sunday either.
Again, just another way the lazy national media is asleep at the wheel.
But I'm not just one of those "everything is all bad" cats who isn't gonna show you the way things is supposed to be done. Here's some good stuff, and again, these next few links show off how blogs can do today what the National Media is supposed to be doing.
A lot of the left may hate me for it, and Lord knows I don't agree with him a whole lot, but it is little gems like these that make me an avid reader of Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit himself.
And a lot of the left may hate me for this, too, but I love that there are Democrats like Sid Cottingham, still out there fighting for the Southern Soul of the Party, and regulatin' on the national scene with articles like this.
And I do so adore MSNBC's blogwatcher Clicked, who actually points out things like this for those of us who would never run across it on our own.
And I love pure, unadulterated commentary, and my ability to access it with links. Especially when annoying fellas like Hack Buchannan start taking victory laps before election season. Earth to Hack: SAWB could get confirmed against that panel of geniuses. I guess RARRR must be feeling really big right now winning what was widely thought of as a foregone conclusion, no matter how hard of a pill it is for my side to swallow, we've got to choke it down and move on to more important things. Alito confirmed, sky still blue, water still wet. Have fun on that victory lap.