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Did the Media Ignore the Nashville Flood?

Andrew Romano (in Newsweek) and others said they did. Let’s assume they are right -- that Nashville was relatively dissed. Why? Romano has a theory; so does Salvadore Cardoni. And so do hundreds of commenters on many blogs (whew!). We’ll get to that. But here is my theory.

Part of the media’s DNA is to “Give voice to the voiceless.” Being a Tennessean myself, I have to say that I don’t know many Tennesseans who are voiceless. We pretty much speak up for ourselves (ask my co-workers here in the D.C. area if that is true). Cardoni, in his excellent analysis, says: “…here’s who you don’t hear complaining: Nashvillians. They’re too busy rolling up their sleeves and picking up the pieces of their neighbors’, their friends’ and their own water-washed lives. Would you expect anything less from citizens of the Volunteer State?”

Amen and amen. Tennesseans don’t squawk that much. When trouble hits home, neighbors and family usually pitch in. Asking the uncle with that top hat in D.C. is often way down the list. When trouble hits other regions, like New Orleans, Tennesseans are among the first to go. That is actually how the state got its nickname, The Volunteer State. It was another trip to New Orleans in 1814 under Andrew Jackson that won us the title.

I have a lot more to say, but will say it in comments. I want to hear your thoughts. Then come back to see more of my ideas on this one.


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