As Texas floodwaters recede, dangers abound
Another report from the beleaguered Houston area comes our way and tugs at our heart strings and arouses fear. I speak about this from a very personal perspective. I live here. My family lives here. We lived through this and I am so incredibly grateful that we are all well and dry, but I need to speak to all of the various news organizations that sent literally teams of people swarming in to cover this epic disaster.
All of you, used somber tones to describe the devastation and dramatic tones to describe the heroic efforts of the rescue workers. You shoved microphones in the face of victims as they were lifted out of rescue vehicles and boats with a few of their possessions in plastic bags. I actually saw the panicked look on some of the reporters’ faces as they ran out of victims to wring a few tears from. People, who were in shock, were asked to do an emotional striptease for your cameras so you could get ratings. “How did you feel when you saw the water rising in your home, destroying everything?” “WHAT!!??”
Meanwhile, others like us, were sitting in our houses wondering if the water around us was rising and if we were in danger. “Stay home if you are safe. Don’t go out if you are dry” but how then were we to know if danger was approaching unless you, who were out there, and supposedly reporting this disaster as it unfolded weren’t doing a thorough job. Not once, did I see our neighborhood or the creeks around us reported on when they had overflowed their banks and were moving toward us. Evacuation orders were issued for our neighborhood; the news never reported it. Evacuation orders were issued for my grandson’s neighborhood. Never reported.
This was such a concrete example of what is wrong with our media today. We are voyeurs sucking on others tragedy and drama. The news is supposed to inform us so we can make good decisions whether in the midst of chaos or just going about our daily lives. There were so many facts that we needed to know during this crisis that would have alleviated some of the fear and been helpful to the community. You, news reporters, should have been gathering them.
And now this, contaminated water, where is it. At least, say where we can go to get the information. Our news organizations don’t seem to be part of the communities they serve or maybe I should say the community they profess to serve.
So you have my rant for the day, I want to close by saying how truly grateful I am to all of the people who came to help; to all the people who have worked tirelessly to rescue, feed and house those who have lost so much. I know the news teams were out there and I think they really believe that they were reporting, but maybe, just maybe, they could rethink what reporting is all about.
Let me know what you think in the comment section below,
Alligators, toxic waters, mold and risk of electrocution are just a few of the myriad dangers greeting Houston residents returning to their flood-ravaged homes on Friday, as the toll of Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt long after the rains have subsided.