And I’m a writer. I’m supposed to be able to say things better. But not here.
A good friend of mine who reads the Tennessee message boards forwarded this link along. It’s a write-up on the Nashville flood and why the media more or less ignored us, at least relative to the wall-to-wall coverage given to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
I actually considered writing a column of my own on this topic, but it looks as though others have carried that baton. Here’s an excerpt:
Anderson Cooper came down here last week and apologized to us. He told us that there is no excuse for the national media’s disregard for the events of May 1 & 2. “We should have been down here that day,” he told us. I appreciated his remarks. He was sincere. And he’s right. But deep down, we all know why the media wasn’t here. Sadly, stories of depravity take priority over stories of the human spirit. Nashville, Tennessee wasn’t looting. Nashville, Tennessee wasn’t vandalizing. Nashville, Tennessee wasn’t blaming the President or racism or people in higher tax brackets. Nashville, Tennessee was enduring the storm, then picking itself up and dusting itself off before going about its business of rebuilding. How boring. How workmanlike. How purely Tennessee.
Scout.com: The Tennessee Volunteers