As I watch the footage from Hurricane Katrina my temper rises.
On Fox News we have reporters complaining about crowd management and hostilities because the rescue workers haven't told everyone where to go to get help. On CNN we have more reporters showcasing the dying and dehydrated.
I have one fricking question...how are these reporters getting to and from the bridges and overpasses and convention centers where these people are dying? If they have such a problem with the relief efforts, why aren't they helping.
This is the United States, and they are dealing with fellow Americans. This is not a war, this is a disaster. If they have access to food and water, and the means by helicopter or boat, why are they not distributing? Why does Shep not get on a bull horn and say "You need to walk or make your way to the Superdome?" Instead of complaining that hundreds need some official to tell them where they need to go for aid. This is not a case of showing bias for one side or the other by intervening. This is fellow Americans dying while you make money showing their suffering.
I don't blame them for being hostile toward the media, because all they can do is exploit their pain and drive away or fly away. A more rewarding story would be the staff of Fox News or CNN or NBC going down to volunteer and reporting live.
If you can't help them, stop rubbing it in their face that you can go get a bottle of water and a sandwich after the footage is taken, only film aerial footage!