Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bad Press

I'm not sure who said it, but whoever coined the quote "Bad press is better than no press at all" has probably never lived through a disaster like Katrina.

Ever since hurricane season began (or perhaps, since Nagin's unfortunate election win), New Orleans has found its place back in the national spotlight, but never does the reporting resemble anything positive. If we're not wrongly being accused of defrauding MILLIONS from FEMA, we're forced to deal with the backlash from the abortion law that was signed by Blanco yesterday.

Frankly, I'm pro-choice and I--like many others--think that this legislative session should have been focused on more pressing issues. But the reporting on these issues wrongly gives others the impression that we're all more concerned with defrauding government organizations and on regulating other people's bodies than on rebuilding our city.

News that normally wouldn't even make a blip on the mainstream media's radar, like the failed cock-fighting ban is suddenly worthy of their reporting. Now, we're not just thieves--we're also savages!

Never mind the fact that I--along with a good portion of the Louisiana constituency--believe that cockfighting is an archaic, barbaric practice. But the only opinion that the media seems to be reporting is the opinion of our politicians. And unfortunately, the opinion of the public and the opinion of those politicians that represent them do not always correlate. But with only one perspective readily available, those casual readers/viewers are led to believe that the views of these politicians also represent the views of their constituency.

I'm not saying that the media should romanticize New Orleans or its politics--not by any means. If anything, we need the media to help watchdog the corporations, politicians, and administrators that are assisting in the rebuilding process. But this selective reporting is turning others against us.

I would like to see the media cover local opinion of these issues--to give those on the outside a perspective of what's being said within. To let others know the concerns of the "regular people" as opposed to the politicians that they may or may not have voted for and whose work they may or may not approve of.

But I won't hold my breath waiting for it.

10 Comments:

Blogger Schroeder said...

Nice post. Abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest? What is Blanco doing? Shoring up the support she lost in cajun country with her dismal leadership performance during Hurricane Katrina?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

I'm not sure what she was thinking, to be honest with you. I was pretty peeved that my democrat rep approved of this ban in the first place. He's getting a phone call sometime this week.

My biggest fear at the moment is that those "outsiders" are going to think that these really are our largest concerns at the moment. I'm just not sure what they think. Do they believe that we're okay because we're working our way through such legislation? Or do they think that we deserve the finger since obviously we don't have our priorities straight?

I really hope that it's neither.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 10:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Adrastos said...

I believe that Meemaw thinks (that is, if she thinks at all) that she's getting a freebie here: the law only goes into effect if Roe is overruled by the US Supremes. This way she can pander to the Catholic church but have some of her supporters hammer the it's not the law thing for her. Terrible sentence but I'm tired, y'all.

Good post, kiddo.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

Thanks, Adrastos.

However, I'm not entirely sure that this is the right route to take. I don't think many pro-lifers voted for Blanco before; why would they vote for her this time? If Blanco is looking to run for election again, she needs to remember the people that voted for her and focus on winning them back.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Adrastos said...

T, Meemaw was *always* anti-choice. The best that could ever be said for her is that her position on abortion was less bad than Piyush's.

Some people deluded themselves that she didn't really mean it. But she did.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger Tat said...

It's sort of funny how media tends to always hit someone at their lowest. Kick em when they're down, kick em where it hurts, especially if they don't deserve it. Ohohoho, because then others really hate that, because they have to dig to point out flaws, generate stereotypes. It's hard work to mucksling against people who lost their lives in a incident they had no control over.

I'm really just rambling here to say that the main reason other people give such victims a bad rep? So they don't have to deal with it, don't have to feel guilty about not helping. When someone passes on, most of the time others think of the positive memories, "forgetting" the negative ones. It's sad to see that New Orleans wasn't loved enough except by the people the rest of this country looks down as well.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 1:29:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

Tat, I had no idea you were starting a blog. Going to update yours with some political musings? I'm colored curious!

Could you tell me what exactly the guys up in Maryland think about the New Orleans situation? It's rare that I can really get an "outsider's" perspective.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 2:07:00 AM  
Blogger Tat said...

T, I figured it would be worth a shot to create one. But maybe, though I don't think just political musings, but general musings of what's happening in the world.

And, I honestly can't give a definite answer; most of the time Maryland seems to focus on itself, maybe Virginia and Pennsylvania. Anything else doesn't really seem to affect the majority. Then again, Maryland is actually a pretty liberal state, and when the news of New Orleans broke out, there was a great response of sending money? But now? I really couldn't tell you.

Though there has been a influx of Katrina victims who are now homeless on Baltimore's streets; I've seen it for myself after working with the homeless so many years and being surprised to find so many have migrated here. Of course, the homeless population is generally a sore subject here, so I haven't much heard from it except for a hotel that plans to employ homeless workers. Course, it was still in planning last time it was mentioned and maybe at least a year before placed in affect.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 2:56:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

Tat, let me know if you can find out more details about the homeless in Maryland and the plans to employ them. Is there anything I can do to help? Please let me know.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 2:59:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

Tweaked the entry to make my view a little more palatable.

Adrastos, point taken. But most of the pro-lifers seem to want to put the fetus above the life of the woman. The "Except in cases of..." compromise seems to be an attempt to appease the pro-choice crowd. In short, that half-hearted response won't garner support from the pro-life crew--unless the opposing candidate has a more liberal view.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 4:14:00 AM  

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