New Orleans Superdome and Convention Center: The Killing Fields?


The press has spent the last few weeks patting themselves on their backs regarding their coverage of the horrors of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Well, odds are these are the same reporters who hide out at the pool in Baghdad and report body counts in Iraq, but never get near the real news.

We were led to believe that there was wide spread carnage in these two shelters. They got things so riled up, the rescue workers had a morgue in an 18 wheeler to bring out the hundreds of bodies that were supposed to be in there.

Well the official count is in and the Superdome had 6 dead, the Convention Center 4. Of these deaths there were 6 of natural causes, 2 murders, 1 overdose, and 1 person fell to their death.


That is all. 50,000 people moved and amidst a horrendous storm, a city ravaged, and only 10 people died in these two shelters. All the while the reporters are repeating verbatim that these sites were full of the dead and the dying. The 7 year olds and the infants raped and left for dead.

These same self satisfied reporters who obviously never ventured into the shelters to see and god forbid report on the story. They took anecdotal evidence and ran with it.

So here we sit with a media that will not go back and self correct. Shepard Scott will not go on his newscast and admit he stayed outside of the fray and did not really go into the Superdome to visually report on the murders that he was so passionately telling America. Geraldo self satisfied smirking as he stood outside of the Convention Center screaming about the mayhem outside as he needed police protection himself. The Police Commander who went on TV screaming that they needed help and that the people were killing themselves in there.

The implied racism screaming from our reporters. The implication that the people of New Orleans were so savage, so untamed, and never said but always implied, oh so black. They were completely willing to believe the stories that America was racist, that blacks were being abused, and that the blacks were rebelling in this environment.

The truth is, the opposite occurred. And the reporters were so racist that they were scared to go into these shelters and report the story. Nope, instead they put on their bereaved faces, and never did their job.

You know, this may have been the day when we saw the true face of todays reporters. They themselves will tell us over and over this is the best they have to offer.

I will stick with blogs, thank you very much. 

VIDEO from NRO of the actual accounts of what took place at the Super Dome from Fox Day Side.

Lorie at PoliPundit; How Many More Katrina Stories Will Be Found To Be Inaccurate?


Also covering the exaggeration:
Hyscience;About Those Superdome Myths

UPDATE: Seattle Times; Reports of anarchy at Superdome overstated

“I had the impression that at least 40 or 50 murders had occurred at the two sites,” he said. “It’s unfortunate we saw these kinds of stories saying crime had taken place on a massive scale when that wasn’t the case. And they [national media outlets] have done nothing to follow up on any of these cases; they just accepted what people [on the street] told them. … It’s not consistent with the highest standards of journalism.”

LA Times: Katrina Takes a Toll on Truth, News Accuracy

I guess the real question should be, why are we surprised anymore by this? It is a shame though that the MSM cannot fact check or confirm stories anymore. They have the audacity to question blogs for truth in reporting?

The New Orleans Times-Picayune on Monday described inflated body counts, unverified “rapes,” and unconfirmed sniper attacks as among examples of “scores of myths about the dome and Convention Center treated as fact by evacuees, the media and even some of New Orleans’ top officials.”

Indeed, Mayor C. Ray Nagin told a national television audience on “Oprah” three weeks ago of people “in that frickin’ Superdome for five days watching dead bodies, watching hooligans killing people, raping people.”

Wizbang adding that the MSM is “Rewriting History – Katrina Media Myths Exposed”
The American Mind: Katrina Mayhem Myths
Ace of Spades nails it; MSM’s Excuse For Reporting Hyperbolic Rumors After Katrina? Black People Just Make Shit Up! Looks like there is someone else wondering why bloggers are held to a higher standard.

The media should know that. Their job is not to report rumors — for crying out loud, bloggers are taken to task for doing just that even though we, you know, don’t — but to verify stories as true and then report them.

Posted September 26, 2005 by
Hurricane, Media, Natural Disaster | 7 comments

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    7 Responses to “New Orleans Superdome and Convention Center: The Killing Fields?”

    1. Sorry guys on September 26th, 2005 8:59 pm

      Sorry gentlemen, but I’ve seen the pictures. I’ve seen more than what you’ve accounted for. I’m surprised that you would rely on the gov’t reporting in the figures of exactly how many died in those locations. There were more than ten……..but, believe what you will. IT’s not up to me to change your minds.

    2. Sorry guys on September 26th, 2005 9:00 pm

      AND 6 of ‘natural causes’…… you consider starving and dehydration a ‘natural’ cause?!?!?!

    3. Scared Monkeys on September 26th, 2005 11:01 pm

      Compared to the hundreds that was reported to the media and the MSM blindly reported??? Seems like a rather low amount compared to what authorities would have deemed normal under the circumstances.

    4. JUST A GIRL on September 26th, 2005 11:52 pm

      I’m not a racist but pictures do tell a story and without any reporters spoon feeding me data..I am compelled to believe this from what I saw: Gangs of armed men on rooftops, sexual predators loose with no surveilence, looters from every corner NOT taking life saving supplies but luxuries and weapons, armed citizens in front of homemade signs which read “will shoot without warning” and droves of people out of control with panic. I agree that the US media are cartoonists who make a mockery of journalism and they most certainly put on a tag team show during this coverage but I do not blame them for protecting thier own well being and reporting from the outside of the Dome. May I ask where you retrieved your number from? Could it be the same corrupt goverment that runs our nation? You might as well elect Giraldo next term! And I’d like to ask if the person who wrote this is a male? Because I find it interesting that you would feel compelled to disclose this sort of information without giving attention to the horrendous acts of rapes and beatings that unfolded during this period. And one last comment, 9/11 was an unforgiving and extremely sudden punch to another large city but I cannot recall accounts of rapes, murders and lootings during the time the streets were strewn with confusion. Something to think about, no?

    5. Sorry guys on September 27th, 2005 12:31 am

      Do you believe everything your gov’t tells you? Especially when it makes the situation ‘not quite as bad as it seemed’? I’m sorry, but I saw video footage of SEVERAL deceased bodies in and around those areas. Are they not counting the ones that died RIGHT OUTSIDE the superdome and convention center?

    6. Scared Monkeys on September 27th, 2005 8:23 am

      People would you please read the story and then go back an read the stories that were printed. No one was making comments on who may have been killed outside the Super Dome or Convention Center. They were referring to inside.

      The first responders were told there were 200 people dead inside the Convention Center. Sounds pretty much like the 10,000 that Mayor Nagin had predicted on camera. In both cases they were extremely exaggerated.

      Have some perspective and intellectual honesty. It is a sad state of affairs that anyone had to die as this was mishandled from every level of govt, but please lets not use revisionist history. The story was exaggerated, now its time for the MSM to give the real numbers.

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