Katrina vs Iowa Flood

After Katrina, the media blamed the lack of response on the Bush administration’s dislike of black people.

Can we then conclude from the lack of media coverage and response by the Obama administration that Obama doesn’t like white folks?

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Where are the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and North Dakota and helping the folks affected by the floods? Where is good old Michael Moore?

Why are the media NOT asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn’t solved this problem? Where are the FEMA trucks, trailers and food services?

Why isn’t the Federal government moving Iowa people into free hotels in Chicago and Minneapolis?

When will Spike Lee say that the Federal government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines?

Where are Sean Penn, Bono, and the Dixie Chicks?

Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes, cases of beer and television sets?

When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a ‘vanilla’ Iowa…because that’s what God wants?

Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of shootings at rescuers, of rapes and murder?

Where are all the people screaming that Barack Obama hates white, rural people? My God, where are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Oprah, and Ray Coniff Jr?

How come you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again? Where are the gov’t. bail out vouchers? The government debit cards?

There must be one hell of a big difference between the value of the people of Iowa and value of the people ofLouisiana.





14 responses to “Katrina vs Iowa Flood

  1. I think the population disparity between the two states is good evidence for the tone of your writing being a bit of an overreaction. Yeah, it sucks that there are floods, but don’t get your panties in a bunch.

  2. I think it is more the fact that most people in America know nothing about Iowa and North Dakota and care nothing about it because the population is so much lower and they don’t see it as contributing much to American culture. Most people in the US probably don’t even know that a significant portion of their basic diets comes from those and other similar states. The media doesn’t care about those states because you don’t here about poverty issues coming from those states.

  3. This is more of a political statement where apples are compared to oranges in a typical outrage designed to promote an agenda. This article is also being circulated by an email campaign. I received a copy forwarded by a good friend who is a die-hard Republican and does what he can to discredit the present administration. I read/listen to both sides and try to get an unfiltered picture as close to the truth as possible. Interestingly both sides have true believers who think the other side is scary and needs serious mental help.
    Katrina damage mostly affected one big city of 223000 and left people with no easy place to go, quickly–no easy reachable high ground—think bridge episode where people were stopped from crossing—-think superdome with major overcrowding- and little food or water– with local government officials apparently incompetent
    From what I have read Iowa flooding affects somewhat smaller (Davenport 100000) separated cities over a large area–people can move to higher ground more easily–food and water can be obtained a little more easily because local government officials are more competent
    Flooding happened with more time to prepare–all these high-water images weren’t created in a few hours. There are no photos of anyone stranded on rooftops waving for help
    Preparation for hurricane Katrina did not include advance prediction of definite levee collapse—it was a known possibility which was mentioned but mostly ignored

    A rational unbiased assessment of government response will not come from Fox News or their loyal readers–Million dollar campaign donations clearly show Fox’ biased political view. Mainstream media are mainstream and are called such because they cover the news from the perspective of the majority of American people– An eventual mainstream analysis will expose any areas of Federal dereliction

    There is also an element of disaster overload which makes those who are not affected less sensitive. Hurricanes in Missouri and Oklahoma–volcanoes erupting, more flooding elsewhere—-in depth news reporting cant/wont focus on one event
    The world didn’t end as predicted last week–whats the fuss over a few local disasters?
    -not my personal view–they are all terrible and immediate assistance from all of us is a priority
    The photographer who took the photos is a pro. The photos give a real sense of the size and the severity of the flooding. As mentioned, you will notice there is not one photo of anyone stranded on a rooftop as in New Orleans. This flooding cannot be compared to Katrina
    One can only hope and pray the flooding begins to decline as soon as possible

      You don’t see people stranded because they left, ahead of time. This has happened for the last two summers!! They help each other and work to help themselves. It’s not rocket-science, and unfortunately for the media It’s quite boring to cover, so it only gets mentioned. The problem resolves itself, because they take control. They don’t blame others for their current situation. You sound as if you believe it’s smoke and mirrors, when it’s very very real.

    • Bill, you’ve been brainwashed by the media. Try some original common sense. It’s hard, but try it, you might like it.

      • I suspect I began original thinking before you were born, The media control issue is not at all original. In fact its been around a long time, The closest I came to brainwashing was during my years in the military starting in 1961. I was in a combat zone in Vietnam in 1964 and upon return to the US saw and read slanted media publications designed for those with limited mental abilities. Sure the media exerts a major influence–one need not be very bright to know that. Randolph Hearst and now Rupert Murdoch do whats necessary to make money while pushing their view of the world. The often misinformed viewers of Fox News are one of the best examples of obvious duplicity. Fox mixes a little journalism from Van Sustern, O’reiley and several others with a lot of right wing political diatribe disguised as factual information. The mainstream does whats needed to sell papers and gain viewers. Real Journalism is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and Bill Maher are better sources for the latest “news”
        For original thinking why dont you examine the Zeitgeist Project or Jacque Fresco’ Venus Project..– definitely more original than the typical shallow rant against the evil media empire or falling back on simplistic “brainwashing” as a reason for ones views or comments that dont agree with yours

  4. Bill, you’re an idiot. This flood is affecting hundreds of thousands across multiple states and is only in the process of getting worse. It was the media who sensationalized Katrina, and it is the media who is marginalizing 2011 flood in the central states.

    It is, in fact, all about where the celebrities will show up – you really think they are going to show up in Iowa to support a bunch of conservative whitey’s? People on rooftops or not, we are being displaced by these floods on a massive scale and the Feds are kicking back tweeting pictures of their genitals.

  5. Doesnt take an idiot to wonder how you reconcile your conservative whitey religious beliefs—perhaps God is again punishing the wicked ?—- thats what Katrina was for according to many of you midwestern conservative whiteys who were in better circumstances at the time. Where is your Faux News on your dilemma? Are they becoming mainstream and just looking for celebrity.or fondling their genitals along with the feds because Fox too is controlled by some evil phantom?.

  6. The difference is that all those “progressive” you mention do not believe black folks are capable of taking care of themselves. Which, of course, makes them racists. Those of us who believe in true equality (meaning EVERYONE is equal) know better.

    P.S. Obama does hate white people.

  7. Just watched a news blip today that six years since, they still havn’t rebuilt schools.
    Hallo—-anyone there? doncha think we need to educate these kids so they can go somewhere else???

  8. I’m from Iowa, and I agree that there was definitely a difference in the response between new orleans and here. But you might want to check your facts… all of these pictures are from 2008 when bush was still in office. Des Moines, Waterloo, and cedar rapids flooded in 2008, not 2011… Sioux city, however, flooded in 2011. Maybe you should write about that. It has good thought behind it, but you just look like an idiot to everyone that lived through it.

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