They shoot relief helicopters, don't they?

In the Katrina confusion, a number of myths took hold; the Superdome was understood to be some kind of Hobbesian nightmare, people eating people, killing babies and shooting sheriffs. Good TV in other words.

Jake notes: "The entire city is flooded and empty, yet gangsters were stealing relief supplies to sell for profit? Someone barely escapes the city with their life, loses all their worldly possessions, doesn’t know if their loved ones are alive or dead, is trying to survive in an overcrowded stadium – and starts stabbing babies? It just didn’t make sense."

Nor did a number of other stories, for that matter... "Of course, it turned out that most of the horror stories were bull shit. I later found nearly every story investigated and found to be untrue, or a monumental exaggeration."

The Baron alerts us to this LA Times article on the misinformation...

And now, another. Apparently, nobody shot at relief helicopters. Which makes a lot of sense, because why the hell would you? The story appears to have come from a single guardsman who reportedly heard gunfire. It's like high school, but even more tragic. (LyingMediaBastards)

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