Rumors of deaths greatly exaggerated

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  1. mioque

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    Rumors of deaths greatly exaggerated
    Widely reported attacks false or unsubstantiated

    6 bodies found at Dome; 4 at Convention Center


    By Brian Thevenot
    and Gordon Russell
    Staff writers


    After five days managing near-riots, medical horrors and unspeakable living conditions inside the Superdome, Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron prepared to hand over the dead to representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


    Following days of internationally reported killings, rapes and gang violence inside the Dome, the doctor from FEMA - Beron doesn't remember his name - came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.

    "I've got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome," Beron recalls the doctor saying.

    The real total was six, Beron said.

    Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the turning over of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health department officials in charge of body recovery put the official death count at the Dome at 10, but Beron said the other four bodies were found in the street near the Dome, not inside it. Both sources said no one had been killed inside.

    At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, just four bodies were recovered, despites reports of corpses piled inside the building. Only one of the dead appeared to have been slain, said health and law enforcement officials.

    That the nation's front-line emergency management believed the body count would resemble that of a bloody battle in a war is but one of scores of examples of myths about the Dome and the Convention Center treated as fact by evacuees, the media and even some of New Orleans' top officials, including the mayor and police superintendent. As the fog of warlike conditions in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath has cleared, the vast majority of reported atrocities committed by evacuees have turned out to be false, or at least unsupported by any evidence, according to key military, law enforcement, medical and civilian officials in positions to know.


    http://www.nola.com/newslogs/tporleans/index.ssf?/mtlogs/nola_tporleans/archives/2005_09_26.html#082732
     
  2. Brother Ian

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    It is still a tragedy.
     
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    Absolutely.
    Nonetheless do I find it disturbing that what basically was the 'normal' misbehaviour after a disaster was turned into an anarchic orgy of epic proportions by the press.
     
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    It is very disturbing, mioque.
     
  5. Daisy

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    I'm not sure you can blame this one on the press; after all they were told these things by the mayor and by the now former police superintendent.

    Both Nagin and Compass went on the Oprah show with these alarming stories. Reporters took their word for these incidents as authorities who would know.
     
  6. mioque

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    So now we have a mayor and a high ranking police official who engage in the worst sort of rumour mongering and a press corps that is dangerously uncritical.
     
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    The press corp is nearly always dangerously uncritical, but they are what we've got.
     
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    The press is responsible to check and verify its information. Responsible ?
     
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    Check and verify with whom? They checked with the mayor & head of police.
    Nagin & Compass, primarily.
     
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    Of course, all for the meida hype
     
  11. poncho

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    Of course, all for the meida hype </font>[/QUOTE]And to the benefit of those that make it a habit of seizing on media hype to pass their agendas. (more control, more power, more funding, more federal interdiction into local and state government)
     

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