- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With so much attention being paid to New Orleans these days, I wish members of the media would take the initiative to do more to follow up on and correct the exaggerations they first reported about the extent of murders, rapes and supposed helicopter shootings during Hurricane Katrina.

As a tourist stuck in the Superdome at the time, I also believed those rumors - but almost all turned out to be false. Erroneous reporting kept some otherwise sympathetic Americans from giving as much of themselves as they would have liked and contributed to the demonization of parts of the city.

Gulf officials and the media had the world’s ear last week following the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl win, and they need to correct history and the myths that still are pervasive in mainstream America.

PAUL HARRIS

Eureka Springs, Ariz.

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