A Katrina Note: Race And TV News

Earlier today, CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer was wrapping up a segment in which he had interviewed former presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush about what they were doing for the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Blitzer mentioned something I had not seen anyone on a major news outlet point out. While speaking over footage of New Orleans residents waiting so futilely to be rescued, Blitzer commented how those left in New Orleans were: “so poor and so black.”
I might not have gotten the quote exactly right, but the sentiment is still there. I’m very happy Blitzer made the comment but the fact that it’s so notable, 3 days into this tragedy, is telling. We are going to miss Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather for a very long time.

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