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25 posted 05-10-2010 09:36 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

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We didn't see multiple appearances by Obama concerning Haiti? We didn't see him and his wife on tv making pleas for contributions for Haiti? We didn't see Haiti as the lead story on the news for days on end? Ok, you may have me on the "Obama being on tv every day". There may have been a day he wasn't



And you're still saying it -- you're strait trippin boo..

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That Anderson Cooper acknowledged and apologized for the media's lack of coverage of the event. Not only is that factual, it makes the point also factual.



Here's something factual Mike.  The News business is a business.  They need product.  They need stories to sell us.  The Nashville story just didn't have legs -- a story has legs when there's a new angle -- something different happens, someone ironic to blame -- someone unpopular to blame -- someone surprising to blame -- when it's just nature -- it really doesn't have long legs -- so when a story runs out of legs -- they start reporting on the reporting of the story:

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As you may have heard, torrential downpours in the southeast flooded the Tennessee capital of Nashville over the weekend, lifting the Cumberland River 13 feet above flood stage, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, and killing more than 30 people. It could wind up being  one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history.

Or, on second thought, maybe you didn't hear. With two other "disasters" dominating the headlines—the Times Square bombing attempt and the Gulf oil spill—the national media seems to largely to have ignored the plight of Music City since the flood waters began inundating its streets on Sunday. A cursory Google News search shows 8,390 hits for "Times Square bomb" and 13,800 for "BP oil spill." "Nashville flood," on the other hand, returns only 2,430 results—many of them local. As Betsy Phillips of the Nashville Scene writes, "it was mind-boggling to flip by CNN, MSNBC, and FOX on Sunday afternoon and see not one station even occasionally bringing their viewers footage of the flood, news of our people dying."

So why the cold shoulder? I see two main reasons. First, the modern media may be more multifarious than ever, but they're also remarkably monomaniacal. In a climate where chatter is constant and ubiquitous, newsworthiness now seems to be determined less by what's most important than by what all those other media outlets are talking about the most. Sheer volume of coverage has become its own qualification for continued coverage. (Witness the Sandra Bullock-Jesse James saga.) In that sense, it's easy to see why the press can't seem to focus on more than one or two disasters at the same time. Everyone is talking about BP and Faisal Shahzad 24/7, the "thinking" goes. So there must not be anything else that's as important to talk about. It's a horrible feedback loop.

Of course, the media is also notorious for its ADD; no story goes on forever. Which brings us to the second reason the Nashville floods never gained much of a foothold in the national conversation: the "narrative" simply wasn't as strong. Because it continually needs to fill the airwaves and the Internet with new content, 1,440 minutes a day, the media can only trade on a story's novelty for a few hours, tops. It is new angles, new characters, and new chapters that keep a story alive for longer. The problem for Nashville was that both the gulf oil spill and the Times Square terror attempt are like the Russian novels of this 24/7 media culture, with all the plot twists and larger themes (energy, environment, terrorism, etc.) required to fuel the blogs and cable shows for weeks on end. What's more, both stories have political hooks, which provide our increasingly politicized press (MSNBC, FOX News, blogs) with grist for the kind of arguments that further extend a story's lifespan (Did Obama respond too slowly? Should we Mirandize terrorists?). The Nashville narrative wasn't compelling enough to break the cycle, so the MSM just continued to blather on about BP and Shahzad.
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/05/06/why-the-media-ignored-the-nashville-flood.aspx



You want to know a media story that keeps growing new legs?  Try googling "Obama's Katrina":

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Oil spill is only the latest crisis media have dubbed "Obama's Katrina"
April 30, 2010 4:45 pm ET — 12 Comments

Media figures have absurdly declared that the Gulf Coast oil spill is "Obama's Katrina" and have compared President Obama's response to the spill with President Bush's botched response to Hurricane Katrina. But this is just the latest in a long line of ridiculous comparisons in which media figures have referred to current events as "Obama's Katrina."
A wide (and frequently bizarre) range of previous versions of "Obama's Katrina"
Gulf oil spill: "Obama's Katrina"

Numerous media figures dub Gulf oil spill "Obama's Katrina." Media conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh, the Fox Nation, the Drudge Report and The Washington Times pushed the absurd claim that a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is "Obama's Katrina." This claim is undermined by a number of facts, including that British Petroleum reportedly led the Obama administration to believe that the spill was much less severe than it actually was.
H1N1 flu: "Obama's Katrina"

Numerous media figures suggested the H1N1 flu was "Obama's Katrina." On his November 3, 2009, radio show, Rush Limbaugh stated that the H1N1 vaccine shortage "ought to be Obama's Katrina," but won't because "they have to protect the little man-child." An August 25 op-ed by Martin Schram for the Scripps-Howard News Service was headlined, "Schram: Swine flu could be Obama's Katrina." Kansas City Star blogger Bill Dalton wrote an October 15, 2009, post under the headline, "H1N1: Obama's Katrina?" On the May 3, 2009 edition of Washington, D.C., television station WJLA's Inside Washington, host Gordon Peterson and Newsweek's Evan Thomas discussed whether the H1N1 flu was "Obama's Katrina. [accessed via Nexis]"  
Fort Hood shootings: "Obama's Katrina"

Human Events' Wooley: "Fort Hood Could Be Obama's Katrina." In a November 11, 2009, Human Events post titled "Fort Hood Could Be Obama's Katrina," radio host Lynn Wooley wrote: "As Hurricane Katrina zeroed in on New Orleans in 2005, government at all levels was lethargic, seemed unprepared, and to some, even uncaring. In the wake of last week's massacre at Fort Hood, we are learning that the United States Army knew quite a bit about Major Nadal Malik Hasan -- but did not act on the information. Fort Hood could become Barack Obama's Katrina." Wooley concluded: "The attitude of our Commander-in-Chief and others sworn to protect us is frighteningly reminiscent of what happened with Katrina.  All we need from Obama is a hearty, 'Gen. Casey, you're doing a heck of a job.'"
Kentucky Ice storms: "Obama's Katrina"

Confederate Yankee: "Obama's 'Katrina on Ice'" A February 1 Confederate Yankee post titled "Obama's 'Katrina on Ice'" asserted:

    More than 700,000 homes are still without power in Kentucky due to a massive ice storm that struck the state six days ago, forcing Gov. Steve Beshear to mobilize his entire state's Army and Air National Guard, a total of 4,600 men and the largest call-out in Kentucky's history.

    FEMA has apparently been a no-show.

Haiti earthquake: "Obama's Katrina"

WSJ op-ed: "Haiti: Obama's Katrina." In a January 25 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled "Hatiti: Obama's Katrina," Soumitra R. Eachempati, Dean Lorich, and David Helfet wrote: "Four years ago the initial medical response to Hurricane Katrina was ill equipped, understaffed, poorly coordinated and delayed. Criticism of the paltry federal efforts was immediate and fierce. Unfortunately, the response to the latest international disaster in Haiti has been no better, compounding the catastrophe."

Flopping Aces: "Does Obama Hate the People of Haiti?" In a January 17 post titled "Obama's Katrina," Flopping Aces mentioned the criticisms of Bush for his Katrina response and concluded: "Does Obama hate the people of Haiti?"
GM bankruptcy: "Obama's Katrina"

Politico: GOP hopes GM bailout is "Obama's Hurricane Katrina" A June 8 Politico article's headline read: "Republicans hope General Motors is President Obama's Hurricane Katrina."
Christmas Day Underwear Bomber: "Obama's Katrina"

Pajamas media: "Is the Undiebomber Obama's Katrina?" A December 29 Pajamas Media blog post titled "Is the Undiebomber Obama's Katrina?" asserted: "No doubt, Obama's poll numbers aren't going to be helped by this Jan-caused disaster. But I doubt if the fallout they'll face will be as severe as what the Bush administration went through due to Katrina, simply because the media will never gin up a news storm against the man they helped to elect that's anywhere near as powerful as the one they created to accompany Katrina."
Housing policies in Chicago: "Obama's Katrina"

Kaus: "Obama's Katrina." Slate blogger Mickey Kaus linked to a Boston Globe article about Obama's Chicago housing policies as a state senator, headlining his post "Obama's Katrina." Kaus later updated, concluding: After all, Obama's career has been unusually limited for a presidential contender. Housing and "community development" has been a big part of it. If the result has been a disaster in which Obama's friends made lots of money while his poor constituents lived in dangerous squalor, that seems like a big warning sign, no? At least an expectations-lowerer! George W. Bush, in contrast, hadn't dedicated a large chunk of his life to FEMA."
http://mediamatters.org/research/201004300043


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I see. The worst natural disaster in our history just wasn't interesting enough. It didn't have a "hook", nothing really exciting enough to keep the audience interested. That's a sad testament to both the news agencies and it's audience.

It still deserved more than it got and that's what prompted Cooper's response. Itr didn't even get the minimum that common integrity would dictate.

Too bad for them their tragedy didn't have enough "spark"...maybe next time.
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btw, Mike, i've agreed with everything you've written on this excellent thread.

I HAVE seen recent blowback on Nashville via CBS and CNN lately, with criticism of Obama without comparison to Katrina.  i was shocked.  FEMA DID get called to Nashville, but the water hasn't receded enough to really help them out, even today.
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Hey Mike,


We’ll be alright. Come hell or high water, or the lack of interest on the Hill, Nashville is our treasure. A river ran through us whether the media caught it all or not. Anyone who might have scrambled for a story would have still missed thousands of others that slipped right on down the river.

Music Country Under Water

Proper coverage would have been grand. Some who are overwhelmed with suffering, understandably, pick a few dry bones about it. Many who were out of town had no clue what was happening to their houses, businesses, neighbors, etc..back home. Not that they might have saved anything or anyone by knowing, but perhaps they’d been more prepared for what awaited them.

I believe the main focus is to gather, embrace, pray, & rebuild.  Every state-wide community effort is taking place. Volunteers for relief are pouring in from every direction. Our churches have united for donation and rescue efforts. The community, restaurants, grocers, consumable goods manufacturers are feeding the cause. Military and civilian construction crews gather for relief. Animal shelters are answering a need.

Of course there is anger toward the powers that be, since FEMA came in on the levee years ago and their assessment caused insurance providers to hike the premiums over an amount that was affordable to thousands of current policy holders. We all know what that means.

Disaster relief from the Hill is needed & appreciated, but I’m here to tell you they play second stage to the ongoing efforts of our own.

Did you know that the “Duck Boat,” from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel was used for rescue?? Perfect example of offering any and every source of help.

We are the Volunteer State!!

We honor and mourn the tragic losses of life and homes, and we are making every effort to put Music City and its people back to Beautiful. The timelessness of good ol’ fashioned country spirit will prevail.


Our music stars and producers are most definitely helping.

Here’s a short list of them:

Kenny Chesney
Kesha
Taylor Swift
Jack White
Keith Urban
Vince Gill
Naomi Judd
Alison Krauss
Darius Rucker
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Miley Cyrus
Carrie Underwood
Lynyrd Skynrd
Brooks & Dunn
LeAnn Rimes
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Jason Aldean
Amy Grant
Michael W. Smith
Luke Bryan
Brad Paisley
Lady Antebellum
Dierks Bentley
Rodney Atkins


They are holding all kinds of concerts for flood victim relief.

Nashville was "built on a song," and we'll not stop sangin'.
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I admire you and yours more than you can know, Regina. Forget about the cold shoulder from the press because your plight is not "interesting enough". Every decent, hard-working American in the country applauds your taking the bull by the horns with both hands (and not one out for begging). People like Tennesseeians are what built this country and what continue to make it great
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     If you had your Druthers, Mike, what would you wish for Nashville?

     Is there something you think I can do to help Nashville?

     Is there something you feel I can do to help you about Nashville?

     Everything else aside, politics, Left and Right, race relations, simply on the level of straight humanity, what do you need?
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What would I wish for Nashville, Bob? Recognition...

That may or may not sound like much to you but I happen to believe it's important. Dozens of people died. The deceased left dozens of relatives. Many people lost everything. Nashville had major damage done to American institutions, like the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel. It will takes years for many to recover. Are they complaining? No. Are they whining? No. They are going about the business of rebuilding. WOuldn't it be nice, though, for someone to recognize their struggle, to applaud them for the way they are handling tragedy, more than a 2 minute mention by Obama or a quick blurb by Obermann? LR claims the press doesn't cover it because it is not interesting enough, there are no good news "hooks" to keep it alive. Wouldn't it be nice for the country to let them know that we care, that we share their sorrow, that we applaud their efforts? Doesn't cost a thing.

It's a human need, even though they don't ask for it. If you, Bob, are going through a struggle in life, doesn't it make a difference to you to know that someone understands your struggle and applauds whatever efforts you are making? If an overweight person makes a concentrated effort to lose weight and, through diets, exercize, sacrifice, struggle and perserverance, doesn't it make a difference to them to have someone recognizing their efforts and saluting them?

What do I want for Nashville? For people to let them know the country understands their struggle and cares. What can you do? Just that. Even if you only post it here and Regina is the only Tennessean that sees it, it makes a difference.
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     That's more than reasonable, Mike.

     I confess, I don't know very much about what's been happening in Nashville, but I do know some things.  The floods there have been the sorts of floods that are supposed to show up perhaps once in 500 years.  The city is built on a flood plain, but is supposed to be pretty much a safe and a fine place to live, and a lot of fine southern culture has grown up in the area.  It's got its own quisine, it's own music, and it's own distinctive style as a city.  In many ways it's a riverboat city, or it started off that way, as a more northern shipping terminus for goods coming North from New Orleans.  It's a shipping city, and there used to be big trucking going into and coming out of there.  There used to be a lot of wholsaling and distribution points there for goods, Cigars, cigarettes, tobacco products, and before the civil War, slaves.  I do berlieve that that was Nathan Bedford Forrest Territory, so the whole notion of southern tradition is rooted strongly there, for good and ill.  It was a heavy Klan area, but it's also been a center of The New South and has played an important part in bringing integration to that part of the new south.  It have taken much and given much and it has a lot to be proud of.

     Among other things, it's a fine family city.  It's a city of churches and primary values.  It's an army city, and it's citizens have always flocked to enlist and to support the country in times of war and crisis, and the people have never asked a lot in return for what they've given the country.  They see themselves as a self sufficient city, and that's one of the things that makes this natural disaster all the more difficult for them, because they're proud, it's hard for them to ask fopr the things that they deserve and that should be theirs by right.  We need to stay on top of this and make sure that they get their full measure of help becaus they are solid, fine people who have been dealt a hard blow by nature here.

     Let's be careful to make sure that at a bare minimum FEMA stays on top of it, and that we keep our eytes open for whatever other resources we can bring to bear.

[This message has been edited by Bob K (05-16-2010 02:43 AM).]

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Bob,
I think Mike is just mourning
for the death of another American City.
I know I am:  I love Nashville.  People don't realize that it is the ROCK music recording capital of the world (not just Country music.)

This will have a huge impact on the recording industry for years to come.
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We Are Nashville
Hands On Nashville(AMAZING team of people)
Velocity Youth & Oasis Church (the streets could only accommodate their numbers on foot)
Vanderbuilt
Bellevue Rebuilds
American Red Cross
Salvation Army
Flood of Fashion
Bo Brice & Vince Gill Telethon
SheDaisy


What You Can Do To Help

NashvilleRising.Org
huge benefit/relief concert

“Yall come see us, now. Ya hear!” Smiles.

Yes, Mike, Mr. Bob, & threadbear…

There’s just a few We are Nashville videos, so yall can see how many beautiful people are pitching in from every walk of life, for all the reasons necessary to rebuild and get back to life.

Even when life wasn’t so grand to start with, there’s still a sense of heart & home. Homeless people are helping home owners.

Thanks for caring and sharing. Love & Big Hugs.

And, yep, we are more than country music. We’re all kinds of tunes to suit every heartbeat.

Painfully, we lost some heart beats through the flood. May they all be with Him in High Country.

In loving tribute.

Vince Gill~Go Rest High On That Mountain
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Reggie?

A *hearthug* from me to you.

There's a certain fierce bonding that happens to a culture and people after the disasters. I can sense your pride and determination, and yes, Nashville will not be kept down and out anymore than any other city that has survived catastrophic events in history.

We're stubborn.

We're proud.

and we're southern.
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A video of the devastation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFjaQoOdJvI&feature=player_embedded
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Denise, thanks for that video.
I have to admit, right here and now,
that of ALL of the Obama political movements,
his COMPLETE ignoring of Nashville has to be his worst.
My respect for the man is rapidly dwindling.

...but my admiration for the Nashville people, especially you, Reggie, is immeasurable.  Your situation is not lost on me, Lady Regina, and wish you all that God is capable of granting you (not Obama) in restoring your good life.
Jeff

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Too bad, Regina, that you don't have more illegal aliens there. Obama would triple his support and the press would continue to cover it.

Keep up the good fight. You have the admiration and prayers of many.
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The Nashville floods are in our news up here all the time, it's devastating what is going on down there.  I saw Dolly Parton on Oprah, and she is donating millions to getting people back on their feet, and so I will bet is almost every good entertainer that ever stepped foot in Nashville, and got a start there.  My prayers are with everyone and I mean everyone, suffering right now from things out of their control.  
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I'm glad to hear that, Sharon. Canadian newspapers are obviously superior to ours, sincerely.
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Many of you may have no idea just how sadly accurate you truly are. Being touched to my core by the interest and concern expressed so passionately here, I have a small offering. The massive devastation of my home town, coupled with the inappropriate minimal media coverage has been more than demoralizing. It has been inhumane.

Thank you, Ballader, for initiating this important topic so immediately close to my heart. Too close. Two of those thirty deaths you mentioned where good friends of mine.

Although, I assure you we have more than our share of illegal aliens, that was obviously of little consequence. The public awareness fund-raising efforts mentioned by compassionate fellow Tennessean, rwood, have been a temporarily effective boost, especially for our local moral in addition to helping expose the problem nationally. While some of the videos he posted where powerful, visually effective, and accurate, one could not be expected to begin to comprehend the true horrific reality of it all. Unless they had gagged on the stench, heard the cries, felt the pain of personal loss, and generally had their world flushed away in such a gruesome eternally life-altering experience, why should they want to?

Having the rest of the country be simultaneously unaware and ignorant of it all, was just a little more salt on the open wound. All of you are so much more on target here than you may even realize. As somewhat of an insider in the media world, I am often privy to more immediate information than generally available. There are more than a few things I would like to confirm or deny here. Discretion and professional ethical conscientious conditioning prevent that at this time.

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Having the rest of the country be simultaneously unaware and ignorant of it all, was just a little more salt on the open wound.

..exactly why I began this discussion. You, or anyone who has gone through such a life-changing ordeal deserves better recognition than what the government and news agencies have given you.

I appreciate your input and the thoughts of many are with you and yours.
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You did good, Mike.
Too bad this thread can't get more exposure.  
TNT, my heart breaks for you.  I know from experience what this will do to your immediate financial and living condition futures.  Hope you have the best of luck and God's blessings.
jeff
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Our news here in Canada continues to follow the disaster, and on the National - it is fantastic coverage of this horrible event. The Governor of Louisiana had a few words to say about Obama's visit this Friday, and good for him!  BP has a terrible history of environmental crimes, it is darn shame they continue to get away with this.  Of course the new CEO is now saying their prime concern is safe working and operating conditions.  Great!  A little late.

My heart goes out to you all that are being subjected to this horrific environmental disaster.  I can't even think of your wildlife without tears.

 
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