New York Times Examination of Hurricane Coverage Quotes Prof. Ken Bode
September 19, 2005
September 19, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "Disaster has a way of bringing out the best and the worst instincts in the news media," writes David Carr in today's New York Times in an essay that quotes a DePauw University professor. "It is a grand thing that during the most terrible days of Hurricane Katrina, many reporters found their gag reflex and stopped swallowing pat excuses from black looters were coming over the bridge to Hanrahan, where he lived,' said Ken Bode, a professor of journalism at DePauw University and a former correspondent for NBC. 'He and his neighbors were sitting in the street with guns and they decided to load up all they could and caravan out. He said the looters never got there because the National Guard turned them back.'" That radio report is among those that turned out to be false.
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Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, writes regular op-eds in the Indianapolis Star. Read about his latest contribution by clicking here.
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