99% Bullshit

That’s the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s verdict, expressed by a National Guardsman in the Superdome, on the coverage of murder, rape, and crime generally in post-Katrina New Orleans.

No real connection to this city’s politics, but this look at the contrast between coverage and reality is a real cautionary tale for reporters and public officials.

A typical statistic: “Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan said authorities had confirmed only four murders in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina — making it a typical week in a city that anticipated more than 200 homicides this year.”

Amazing.