MassMedia8.30.06 - 8/30/06 INTRO TO MASS MEDIA Chapter 1...

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8/30/06 – INTRO TO MASS MEDIA Chapter 1 – Mass Media and the Cultural Landscape -- Hurricane Katrina – August 23-31, 2005 * 3 rd strongest land-falling U.S. Hurricane ever recorded * Government unprepared. 1. Media Involvement * Many reporters arrived at devastated areas before disaster relief * Many commentators openly critical of government -- “You just found out about it today? Don’t you guys watch TV; don’t you guys listen to the radio? Our reporters have been reporting about it for more than today.” – Former Nightline host Ted Koppel to Michael Brown, former director of FEMA 2. “Reporting” at the scene * Initial reports from New Orleans included the alleged rape & murder of a 7- year-old girl inside the Superdome * Attacks by armed gangs shooting at rescue helicopters * Dead bodies collecting in Superdome 3. Fact vs. Fiction 4. Was Race a Factor? * How were the victims portrayed?
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course RIM 1020 taught by Professor Pondillo during the Fall '08 term at Middle Tennessee State University.

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MassMedia8.30.06 - 8/30/06 INTRO TO MASS MEDIA Chapter 1...

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