On Sunday night, as my wife and I were cleaning up after our annual Super Bowl party, we had ESPN on in the background, during their “we have hours and hours after the big game to ramble endlessly while running slow-mo replays behind us” postgame phase. At one point, I heard one of their sportscasters (I believe either Stuart Scott or former Minnesota Viking Cris Carter) talking about how much the Saints victory mattered to New Orleans, as it was a city largely “forgotten” by much of America in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
It’s a pretty galling trope, considering that Americans had donated nearly $800 million less than two weeks after Katrina struck Louisiana, but it dovetails well with this item at Big Journalism on the MSM’s current lack of concern regarding relief efforts in Haiti:
“Where’s the MSM now? Seems they’ve moved on. Things must not be going well there.”
Since no bad news must be allowed to taint The One, that seems to be a logical conclusion. Or as C.J. Burch wrote a year ago, during FEMA’s slow response to Kentucky’s ice storms, “What Katrina taught the media was that they could hurt Bush by lying. What 2008 taught them was that they could help Obama by not reporting at all.”
Besides, the legacy media has far bigger stories to pursue these days.
But of course.