If this next passage is true--and, yes, we now have to say that about things we didn't personally witness--then why wouldn't the big media believe such things coming out of the mouth of the
Chief Superintendent of Police of the city?
Contributing to the impression of lawlessness, Police Chief [sic] Eddie Compass said officers found themselves in multiple shoot-outs inside both shelters, and were forced to race toward muzzle flashes through the dark to disarm the criminals; snipers fired at doctors and soldiers from downtown high-rises, he said.As I said to one of my commenters in the first post, I think that
In interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Compass reported rapes of babies, and Mayor Ray Nagin spoke of "hundreds of armed gang members" killing and raping people inside the Superdome. [SNIP]
The mayor told Winfrey the crowd has descended to an "almost animalistic state."
Face it. Most of the big media are being castigated for racism because they took a bunch of black folks at their word.
It's a strange world we live in.
Chief Superintendent of Police Compass, by definition, should have been the authoritive voice on what was going on in his city or, if information was hard for him to obtain (understandably), he should have said so instead of passing rumors around, as if he were in high school. One would guess that his resignation from his post was designed to gain back whatever shred of dignity might be available to him.
UPDATE: At last, someone gets my point. Thanks, Tyrone.
UPDATE: The commenters in this post point to the fact that I need to clear up some confusion that may exist from my words.
I'm not saying that Nagin and Compass got a pass from the Big Media for their words regarding the Superdome and the Convention Center. I am saying that those who have chastised the Big Media for alleged racism on the same subject--that means some observers in both types of media--are giving Nagin and Compass a pass.
Bringing a part of one of my comments to the front might help:
To me, not assigning just as much--or more--blame to Compass and Nagin for feeding the Big Press bogus info is racist itself. These are men who had great responsibilities and who, IMO, shirked them. Were they white, they'd be hung out to dry. But since they're black, they get a pass [from those accusing the Big Media of racism]. They're treated as if they are children--as if not that much is expected of them anyway.I am prepared for some not be happy about my take on this. It's not as though it's the first time.