Former CNBC and Fox News anchor Bob Sellers, now an anchor at WSMV-TV in Nashville, writes at HuffPost about the national media coverage — or lack thereof — of the recent flooding in Tennessee.
I’m not surprised the national media came upon the story of the Nashville flood late in the game. There was a bomb scare on May 1st, the first day of the rains. Bombs in Times Square and oil leaks in the Gulf are significant stories. But even when they did discover the Flood of 2010, the minute-thirty pieces on network news showing inundated tourist destinations kind of missed the expanse of the event and the depth of its pain to the victims of a once in a lifetime flood.
Sellers, who lived and worked in the New York area for many years, blames the media’s East Coast bias:
We know from experience that when it rains in New York, the whole country gets wet. When it snows there, the Ice Age is upon us. But news goes on outside of New York and Washington. There’s a whole country out there. And stories worth telling.