2005-09-06

Katrina und der Mediensturm

--- Katrina (hat angeblich allein in New Orleans über 10.000 Menschen das Leben gekostet) dürfte noch lange Sturmwellen durch die Medien senden:
The media shelf life for natural disasters is notoriously short: Within two weeks of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which cut a $30 billion destructive path through south Florida and the Louisiana coast, the story virtually disappeared from network newscasts. But experts and journalists predict that mounting questions about U.S. government preparation, policies and response to Hurricane Katrina will result in intense news coverage for months. Katrina “doesn't just have legs, it has tentacles,” says Bob Lichter of the Center for Media and Public Affairs. “Its implications reach into hot-button controversies involving race, poverty, economics and partisan politics. The reach of this story will make the O.J. Simpson case look like a news brief.” Network news analyst Andrew Tyndall predicts that TV news will focus on personal stories and massive aid efforts in the coming weeks, and then turn to looking at how relief efforts may have resulted in people dying. Stories on inner cities don't get much network attention “unless carnage is involved, and this is what you have” in New Orleans. In The New Yorker magazine this week, Nicholas Lemann writes, “We're all wondering what will become of New Orleans. A big American city has never before been entirely emptied of people, and had most of its housing rendered useless, and had all its basic systems fail at once.” The New York Times opened a bureau in Baton Rouge; other news outlets plan to be in the region indefinitely.
Auch die großen US-TV-Sender entdeckten derweil die Bürger als Materiallieferanten und setzen auf Citizen Journalism (kann ja auch nicht schaden fürs PageRanking). Bei Telepolis werden die Katrina-Blogger gar gleich zur fünften Gewalt ausgerufen.

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