Along the Tracks

Thursday, October 06, 2005

"I was a stranger, and you didn't take me in ...."

Over at the Newshound, there's an ongoing discussion about the decision by the Ridgeville Corners (Ohio, for you outatowners) zoning appeals board not to grant permits to a local church which wished to house Katrina victims looking to start a new life in a new place.

As I mention in the comments at Newshound, I think the media's "emotional" style during the Katrina relief effort - aka "yellow journalism" - had a major impact on the people in Ridgeville, who originally had more mundane concerns (job availability, transportation, etc.) than the big "security" issues 50 people were going to bring. Yet once those who wished to keep the outsiders outside hit on this fear - Remember the Superdome?! - the charitable plan by Christ Community Church was as good as dead.

The mainstream media's reporting during the aftermath of Katrina has cost as many as 50 of the hurricane's victims the chance at a new life in a solid, caring community.

Will that be reported?

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