Richard Huff in the NY Daily News…
Coverage of Hurricane Katrina took a severe turn yesterday as networks shifted from Monday’s repetitive footage of correspondents battered by rain to real stories of death and destruction.
“Every street, every building, every store - they all have their own story,” Fox News’ Steve Harrigan told Hemmer, before relating one about how many people were craving ice and water.
“You feel bad,” he said. “Last time I felt like this was actually in Rwanda, where I had water and people outside of the barbed wire fence didn’t have water.”
In some ways, the coverage was old school. Video clips, delayed by difficulties in getting signals out, arrived on air long after they were shot. Yet the images were powerful: people on roofs waiting for help and water everywhere.