LA Times tells how media contributed to Katrina chaos (Drudge headlines it):  “. . .  a frenzied media recycled and amplified many of the unverified reports.”

. . . newspapers and television exaggerated criminal behavior in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, particularly at the overcrowded Superdome and Convention Center.

Mayor Noggin did his part:

Indeed, Mayor C. Ray Nagin told a national television audience on “Oprah” three weeks ago of people “in that frickin’ Superdome for five days watching dead bodies, watching hooligans killing people, raping people.”

And Oprah, having nodded and sympathized, plans to have him on again to explain himself.  NOT!

Police Chief Eddie Compass — who resigned today, by the way — appeared with Mayor Noggin on Oprah, telling of  “little babies getting raped” at the Superdome.

So ladies and gents, keep your grains of salt ready next time you hear or read reporters getting excited.  That’s our lesson for the day

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