Did Yesterday's TV Coverage Prompt Today's Action?

It’s a valid question.

NYT, Alessandra Stanley: “It was as those images of mounting desperation and disorder began dominating the screen that Washington suddenly seemed to snap to attention. The mounting indignation on the ground spilled over into a televised appearance by Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security. As Mr. Chertoff tried to reassure viewers that the federal authorities had matters under control, CNN and Fox News split the screen and had him speak alongside images of stranded refugees, looters, and a bare-chested man, knee-deep in water, battering a store window with a baseball bat.”

I was watching that interview as well as others featuring goverment officials and the contrast was remarkable.

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