Friday, September 02, 2005

How Do Reporters Get to New Orleans?

Via Blogspotting, I found an interesting post that addressed a question that had irked me ever since Katrina hit: if reporters seem to have such easy access to the refugees, why don't the aid workers and rescue teams?

According to many of the commenters, the reporters do not carry the burdens of government orders, cumbersome equiptment, and the mobs of hungry people that come with relief missions. Moreover, the news organizations have made a business out of getting into dangerous situations and have learned the tricks necessary to often beat the government to the spot.


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At 7:11 PM, Blogger joated said...

You're right Jack. If reporters can get there, then the supplies should have no problem when they finally get rolling.

My problem with the number of reporters all asking the same thing is the waste of effort to transport them, man the cameras, sound equipment, etc., and to house and feed these primadonnas.

During the Alaskan Gold Rush the RCMP had the right idea. Anyone wanting into the Yukon had to haul enough supplies for a year. Lets do the same for news crews. You want in to do the story, bring your own water, food porta potty etc. And stay the heck out of the helicopters unless you're helping to spot people in need.


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