Lack of Network Katrina Coverage
In his column today ("The elite doesn't understand the South") Matt Towery asks, "So why on Tuesday night was network television airing shows like 'Tommy Lee Goes to College,' instead of providing wall-to-wall live coverage of this historic, catastrophic event?"
Towery goes on to write: . . .
I'll tell you why. It's because the know-it-alls in New York and Washington don't have a clue about the American South. They don't comprehend its political might and economic muscle, and thus the ultimately crippling impact Katrina is going to have on them, too. It's that simple.
This isn't to knock the courageous and resourceful print and broadcast reporters on the scene or the media venues that have devoted practically all their column space or airtime to this cataclysmic event.
I'm aiming higher with my complaint -- at the top-level program directors and network executives who think that earthquakes in California and attacks on New York warrant the full attention of the world, but life-threatening emergencies in the swamps and "backwoods" of the South don't.
Well guess what? They matter now.