Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Irresponsible Media

Here in the Houston area, there has been a very careful evacuation plan for those who are most vulnerable to Hurricane Ike and, in particular, those who are directly exposed to the massive storm surge that is expected. Houston is the 4th largest city in the nation, and nobody certainly wants a repeat of the disaster that resulted from the panicked evacuation during Hurricane Rita in 2005.

This afternoon, I saw some goon on CNN exhorting all of the 5-6 million residents in the Houston metro area to evacuate. "If my family were in Houston, I'd get them out now!" he said, in a panicked tone. This is the type of over media hype we don't need. The local government is carrying out a measured plan of evacuation to ensure that those who are most vulnerable are able to leave in as orderly a fashion as possible. Residents need to heed what their local government and county tells them to do, not some goon on CNN who thinks he knows the local situation.

If any of my readers are curious as to what's going on, I would encourage you to keep tabs online at a place like Weather Underground rather than CNN or FoxNews who love the sensational news a major storm always brings.

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