Monday night on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC show Fox Sports’ Chris Myers was one of Keith’s Worst Persons in the World for this totally asinine statement:
“My best is and maybe it’s a little corny, but I like it. It’s a great country here. We have disastrous issues where people pull together and help themselves and I thought the people in Tennessee, unlike and I’m not going to name names. When a natural disaster hits people were not standing on a rooftop trying to blame the government, okay, they helped each other out through this.”
I was furious and tweeted it almost immediately. I have to say I was surprised it wasn’t more of a topic on Twitter that night. Our new mayor, Mitch Landreiu, noticed and demanded an apology from Mr. Myers and Fox Sports for New Orleans and the survivors of the failure of the federal levees during Hurricane Katrina. The apology came today.
I have to admit I’d never heard of Mr.Myers before Monday night, I didn’t know he was a sportscaster here in the ’80’s and I didn’t know he’s married to a New Orleans native. But one thing I do know is, despite his history of actually living here, he’s either totally clueless or totally unconcerned about the REAL reasons people were stranded on their roof-tops after the storm. He’s totally ignorant of the many, many people who helped their neighbors, their friends, their families and total strangers during the storm and in the aftermath. I daresay all of us who lived here at that time know of at least one person who waited for days on their roof top for help and know of someone whose life was lost during the deluge or after, waiting for help. And we also know first-hand of the many who helped those who were stranded – with little or no regard for their own lives.
After the storm, we who live in New Orleans bore the brunt of ignorant and often-times malicious rhetoric about how lazy we all were. How we all sat down here with our hands out to the federal government. We heard it, we read it and we tried to fight it. We tried to educated the uninformed. I thought that finally, after almost five years of “educating” the public that most of the country was in line with the truth of what happened here in 2005. But if a nationally recognized journalist on a major TV network who actually lived here can make these kinds of statements……well. I must say I am way past shocked. Disillusionment is setting in.
We hear your apology, Mr. Myers, but the fact is you wouldn’t have made the remarks if you didn’t believe them. I’m sure you’re sorry you said it but not so sure you’re sorry you think it.