What if they had a flood—a flood of Biblical proportions—and no one noticed?
Yes, the people of Louisiana have noticed that large parts of their state are suffering a massive inundation. But, the rest of the country does not seem to have noticed and certainly does not seem to care. On the great Louisiana flood the press has lost its voice.
The Atlantic reports:
Wide stretches of southern Louisiana are once again flooded with more than two feet of water. Downpours have again damaged or ruined tens of thousands of homes, driving thousands into shelters and leaving many people homeless and some dead. State leaders have declared the situation “historic” and “unprecedented,” and the federal government has, yet again, declared a major disaster in the region.
The images coming from Baton Rouge and its surrounding low-lying areas, of submerged homes and streets turned into rivers, inevitably call to mind the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Only this time, most people might not have heard about it.
The Louisiana floods, which the American Red Cross on Wednesday labeled “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” have not dominated cable news nor the front pages of newspapers. President Obama, other than signing a disaster declaration, hasn’t bothered to interrupt his Martha’s Vineyard vacation of golf and fund-raisers to address the suffering residents of the Gulf. Hillary Clinton has mentioned the floods only in a single tweet, and Donald Trump has said nothing about them at all.
Why has no one noticed?
Let’s put aside the notion that everyone is distracted by the Olympics. The answer is so easy that it is barely worth mentioning.
No one has noticed because the media and the politicians have not yet found a good way to blame it on Republicans. The governor of Louisiana is a Democrat. The president is a Democrat. We are in the midst of an election campaign that the media is trying to give to the Democrats. So, we cannot have any stories suggesting that Democrats do not care about the flooded out people of Louisiana. Or that they are not competent to manage the catastrophe.
If George W. Bush had been happily playing golf in an upper class vacation venue the press would be apoplectic. Since it’s Obama, a man who, in the eyes of the press, can do no wrong, the press has downplayed the story. It has not been clamoring for a presidential visit. Or even a presidential flyover.
Of course, we might expect a few words from the Republican standard bearer. Good luck with that. If no one raises the issue or makes it an issue it will not be an issue.
One caveat: those members of the media who have been looking for someone to blame have, for now, lit on climate change. Surely, they will attack all Republicans and all scientists who do not believe that humans are causing the climate to change.
As soon as the press finds a way to blame it on someone other than a Democrat they will be on the story.