Friday, May 21, 2010

Scuzzbucket of the Week

Sportscaster Chris Myers. He just can't give it up, five years after Katrina.
Here's a wrapup of his story from mediamatters.org



As you probably heard, Myers stepped in it big time when he recently guest hosted a nationally syndicated sports radio show and ridiculed Katrina survivors. Specifically, Myers, in a heartless gesture, compared the hurricane survivors of New Orleans with the recent flood survivors in Nashville, and announced the Midwestern, water-logged victims were better; even vaguely more American:

It's a great country here. We have disasters issues when people pull together and help themselves and I thought the people in Tennessee, unlike -- I'm not going to name names -- when a natural disaster hits people weren't standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government, okay. They helped each other out through this.

Here's the thing, Myers was riffing off a dreadful essay that right-wing country picker Charlie Daniels wrote last week, in which he compared New Orleans and Nashville victims, and concluded the Midwestern ones were better, and vaguely more American. (More religious, too.)

What I want to write about is the people of Tennessee and the true volunteer spirit of the Volunteer State. In the limited coverage given the flood by the national media did you see anybody on a rooftop waiting for a coast guard chopper to pick them up?



h/t nolafemmes dot com

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