Clearly, Ms. McQueary doesn't have any idea what the citizens of this area, not only New Orleans, endured in the aftermath of Katrina. Her commentary was clumsy and insensitive at best, and stupid at worst. But racist? White Privilege? Disaster Capitalist?
Those comments may be worse, and more stupid than hers. Chicago is a bankrupt and corrupt city in ways that are very similar to New Orleans. I lived there for several years before returning to New Orleans. I can't fault someone from Chicago for grasping at straws for anything to turn their city around.
"News" has always been a business. It has also been way more about opinions of the editors and publishers than about facts. The nostalgic and idealistic amongst us would love to believe that there is some purity of news in the print media. That's laughable. One may not be able to rely on much they read on the web, but that is hardly any different from what can be found in a newspaper. The truth is that the world has changed and so has the business model. Publishing a daily paper is a tough business and it only works in larger markets. Perhaps not much longer there as people find other sources for their information
The more important thing is what this says about New Orleans and the myth that political leaders want to portray that we are a "world class city". Sadly, we aren't and haven't been for decades. We are a party town that does a great job of hosting conventions and large events. In between those events, citizens must bear the harsh reality of living in a desperate city with a limited future
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