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Sensationalizing the Power Outage (english)
15 Aug 2003
Modified: 16 Aug 2003
Cleveland portrayed as lawless, radioactive, very dry city on national TV. Mayor JC less than eloquent.
Sensationalizing the Power Outage
by lippy 8:17pm Thu Aug 14 '03 article#5874


Cleveland portrayed as lawless, radioactive, very dry city on national TV. Mayor JC less than eloquent.

I'm sitting here in Raleigh and my roommate calls me up and says, "Lippy, the power's out. At first I thought you forgot to pay the bill and I was like, Goddamit, Lippy..."

About an hour later my mom tells me that there's an impending water shortage in Cleveland and so, in lieu of any real news source, I turn on the TV. ABC is running an aerial shot of our lovely city and then cuts to a WEWS anchor standing in a Sunoco parking lot. The caption reads, "Nuclear Power Plant, Perry OH."

Throughout the next half hour I repeatedly hear about nuclear power plants and hospitals on the verge of doom and fears of widespread arson and looting in NYC. Needless to say, nothing bad actually happens.

But I am concerned when I hear on every major network that Cleveland has doubled its police force, a curfew will be imposed, water will only last a few more hours and that no one knows when power will be restored.

Mayor Jane Campbell is interviewed by phone on MSNews, apparently without a script of any sort. She less than eloquently explains the water situation. When asked to clarify the curfew restrictions, she responds, "Well, those 18 and under _may not_ go out, but we're asking the, uh, the others to stay in as well. Err, to stay at home and take care of their families." She blusters a bit about efforts to "get in touch with all the people on oxygen” and then thankfully the interview is over.

During the next few hours, no new information is aired on any of the major stations about Cleveland. They are tripping over themselves to keep me updated on the return of power to NYC, block by painstaking block. I'm surprised their helicopters haven't crashed into each other.

The most disturbing thing is that they all start to refer to this as a "reminder of 9/11." It's weird how this phrase is picked up and bandied about incessantly. They also keep repeating that “they knew five minutes into it, that this is not the result of a terrorist attack.” After about the 100th reiteration, I turn the TV off. At this point I'm certain that if it had been a terrorist attack, they would have exploited it to the last tear.
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MEDIA MISFIRE (english)
16 Aug 2003
I too, was amazed at the morons with the microphones. The talking heads were blathering nonsense about riots after dark. And total chaos. None occured. The biggest news was people sleeping in the streets! And in NYC, lower crime than usual.
Now, Bush and his dumbasses will push NUKE power plants. They'll say, I told you so... Where is alternative power? In the shitcan with this dumbass crew! Wave power...Talk to Finland. Over 50 years it's worked. All the alternatives are dead...until we get these "hangdowns" out!