Ken Parish Perkins of the Ft. Worth Star Telegram looked at the race issue yesterday though he seems to be singling out one network in particular while ignoring others…
So somebody finally spit it out.
After days of carnage and confusion and death, after countless TV images, after news conferences and press briefings and drive-bys by politicos.
After a mayor goes off, a governor seethes and a president finally gets a land’s-eye view and takes two sobbing black women into his arms, TV news broadcasts began to address the 800-pound gorilla resting in the corner:
There’s a race and class problem here.
Never ones to point fingers, of course, the TV talking heads, from the showered-and-fed correspondents in the field to the anchors in their dry and air-conditioned studios, didn’t seem to know what, or specifically, who, the problem was.
But the problem was them.
Standing outside New Orleans’ Superdome, a Fox News reporter didn’t see frustrated and exhausted people who hadn’t consumed a decent meal in days.
He saw “a mob.”