Weekend’s extraordinary news

Will the vastly improved response to Hurricane Gustav finally begin to heal some of the deep wounds of Katrina

This past weekend was pretty extraordinary for news. Yahoo! News saw a sizeable spike in news traffic, and that did also translate to my 60 Minutes projects. We had two extremely relevant stories over the weekend – a video retrospective on Hurricane Katrina, and 60 Minutes’ exclusive interview with Barack Obama and Joe Biden (the first joint interview by the ticket).

And those two stories, naturally, led the 60 Minutes traffic and did very well over the weekend.

Interestingly, in our Obama segment, the most popular clip was that of Obama and Biden talking about McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin. I wonder whether that means McCain succeeded in taking some of the thunder out of the Democrat’s sails coming out of the DNC – at least temporarily.

Meanwhile, our Hurricane Katrina segment has sparked a vigorous debate on our comments section about culpability.

I found this comment interesting:

“Katrina was a tragic event that could have been handled in a better way by state and federal government but the blame also lies on people who are told to evacuate and ignore the warning. . . i realize some people had no means of transportation and shame on the government for not helping. Bobby Jindal sure did a great job for Louisiana during Gustav and naturally some people will complain but alas that’s life!

I found the final part of the comment most interesting. It brought up this question in my mind. Will the vastly improved response to Hurricane Gustav finally begin to heal some of the deep wounds of Katrina – the feeling of betrayal by the government that was supposed to be there when it was most needed?

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