Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Levee Breaks and MSM



Photo: Spiritwood Images

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed a curious lack of cause-and-effect reasoning from mainstream media sources regarding the 27 possible Mississippi River levee breaks in the past few days. Rachel Maddow did actually say the word "infrastructure" in a political context on MSNBC this evening, suggesting that the last effective focus on infrastructure was associated with the WPA. I apologize if I'm failing to credit other news sources who are not conflating overtopping with leaks and other malfunctions/design errors. All else I've seen or read matter-of-factly states that the sandbags just didn't hold up.

4 comments:

Leigh C. said...

Heh. And they probably wouldn't have needed the sandbags if the infrastructure was being maintained properly.

A.F. said...

And who would have imagined that *sandbags* would have such a great role in 21st-century society?

Sophmom said...

It's been interesting and hard to watch, but it seems to be getting, if not better, at least more specific. While still not talking about infrastructure (duh) they (meaning the MSM) seem to have now at least figured out the differences between levees being overtopped and being breached or failing completely. Funny, when I was looking for a photograph online to post on a message board as a part of my explanation of these differences, I selected just the one you chose. Still hard to look at.

A.F. said...

Oh I'm glad the coverage is getting better. I haven't seen it in the past few days. I was glad that Obama was helping with the sandbags, for however long he was, and I read that it made the people there feel much better. I just hope he said: "You know, we shouldn't need these sandbags to begin with" or something.