With breathless anticipation, CNN’s female reporter stated "It’s going to take a miracle to save New Orleans!"
"A category 5 hurricane is approaching the city and could leave it a toxic lake of petrochemicals and failed septic systems," reported another.
"This could be the worst international disaster since the Tsunami."
"Oh goody, we have a major disaster to cover again," said the news director(s).
Ok, the last statement is just what they were thinking. They didn’t really say it.
And then when the very worst didn’t occur, there almost seemed to be a sense of sadness in the news media. (Not to suggest that what has happened isn’t bad enough.) "Katrina has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm."
What is it about the human race that our news media thrive on bad news – and we eat it up. We can’t take our eyes away from any disaster. CNN, FoxNews et al watch their ratings go through the roof when anything awful happens. Viewers are attracted like moths to an outside light.
But what does it say about us?
UPDATE: The worst has happened in New Orleans, Biloxi and other Gulf communities. News coverage is wall to wall. But the excitement of the initial story has been replaced by the world-weary nature of the horror being played out. Too many lives lost. Too much pain. Pray for the living.