I always thought that two cents was a good value- The live report of the news crew getting chased out of thier van by a stray pit bull, for example, is exceptional entertainment value for two pennies. Remember a few months ago on a low-news day, "could these cows be used by terrorists?" Then theres the dirty-dining, meth watch, pump patrol- It would still be a good value even if that same electricity cost me a whole nickle.
Sure- I always knew they were owned by bad people, and spun the news (in a valiant attempt) to make shrub look good. but I didn't care, Fox made me laugh, laughing is healthy.
Tonight fox news, or more correctly fox-lack-of-news left me mad and in tears.
You have tens of thousands of people locked up in huge cages for a week with no bathroom, very limited food,water. Fox shows a pretty reporter with an armload of "school supplies" in a Target parking lot. (Great camera work, with the viewers eye draw to the Target sign in your textbook rule-of-thirds best spot in the frame) They showed shrub on the ground for a few minutes, two days late at a deserted airport with the Governor and Mayor- except that the Mayor was intentionally cropped out of the frame just in case he might convey some honest real news of the situation.
Motor vehicles can make it in and out of the city and many other affected areas
500 "airboats" stand ready with operators willing to risk thier lives to get people out of flooded areas. (They are being held back by law enforcement.) The National guard unfortunately has many of it's members, and I would hazard to guess most of thier aircraft and equipment "volunteering" for Halliburton in Iraq.
How hard is it. Any city bus, any school bus within 400 miles ought to head down there. Dont bullshit me with run-out-of-gas crap. carry 10 or 15 cans with you if the tanks too small. diesel doesnt have all the flash-fire hazards which would prevent a reasonable person from taking a can of gas on a bus. Blocked roads? Traffic jams? How about a 988 loader in front? Bash through any number of stalled cars without slowing down. Emergency housing for a few weeks? How many roadside motels are within 400 miles? double people up- it would still be paradise compared with having 30000 roomies. For that matter, How many people within 400 miles have a house they'd open up to a couple visitors. This kind of thing would cause me to open my door up, and I'm a long way from the nicest or most compassionate around.
I have a sinking feeling that those with the power to do these simple things decided it was a low priority becuase those in need were for the most part lower income, and black.
Fox channel 12, the live shot with the school supplies at Target cost you a viewer.
KATU Channel 2 had a very comprehensive report at 11. Theyre still reporting. They seem to be actually reporting the news, even including frank interviews on the ground and honest commentary on the race/class issues.
Please KATU, you got a new viewer, now put the news on at 10pm, and please let a stray dog chase you out of your truck for a live-shot worth my 2 cents on the power bill.