Immediately after 9/11 the media estimated a death toll of 40,000. It came closer to 3,000.
After Katrina hit we heard stories of the National Guard needing 25,000 body bags. The real need was closer to 1,000.
These were epic tragedies and I do not mean to minimize them, but the media should have some sense of repsonsibility to be realistic in their reporting.
In this thorough article in National Review, Lou Dolinar shows how the media again grossly exaggerated in reporting the effects of the Gulf oil spill.
Excerpt from Our Real Gulf Disaster:
With the nation and its leaders looking for facts, we got instead a massive plume of apocalyptic mythology and threats of Armageddon. In the Gulf, this misinformation has cost jobs, lowered property values, and devastated tourism, and its effects on national policy could be deep and far-reaching.
Read the whole article.