Tuesday, May 11, 2010

WSMV's Bob Sellers on HuffPo: 'What the Media Missed'

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Nobody at the Huffington Post seems to have made the connection that the author of this strong piece on the Nashville Flood media coverage — posted late yesterday afternoon — isn't some visiting pundit but Bob Sellers, who co-anchors the WSMV-Channel 4 news with Demetria Kalodimos. His first point is that calling it "the Nashville Flood" slights 52 counties as well as parts of Kentucky, and he goes through graph by graph raising and rebutting myths of the devastation:

... It wasn't without controversy. The Army Corps of Engineers made choices in releasing water from local dams that critics say left certain homes dry, and others uninhabitable. Some of the flood victims thought they had survived the storm until the water around their homes started rising at a breathtaking pace with no warning.

It wasn't just bad news. There was the baby born to the mother who couldn't get to the hospital, with an obstetrician forging waist deep water. There were hundreds of water rescues by people who own boats, calling out loud from house to house for survivors who needed a life-saving link to dry land. These good Samaritans included a young man on a jet ski who saved a woman whose house was fully engulfed in flames as she pondered whether to die in raging waters or burn to death with her home. Twenty seconds after they raced away from the flames the entire house exploded. "God sent me an angel on a jet ski," she said.

It wasn't just organized charities. National representatives of the Red Cross said when they came to town they didn't have the immediate demands on their resources that they expected because so many people had volunteered their time and supplies to help the victims of the storm that turned neighbors into flood victims. ...

Check it out. Hat tip: E. Thomas Wood.

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