Video: Oklahoma Tornadoes And The Pornography Of Death

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As  a native of Oklahoma City, I have been following news coverage of the recent  tornado damage with much interest.  The loss of life and property damage in  Moore, Oklahoma, and other areas has been horrific, and as Oklahoma’s governor,  Mary Fallin, stated, the region is very much in need of our  prayers.

The  Moore tornado was indeed a newsworthy event.  At last count, it has  resulted in the loss of 24 lives and over $2 billion in property damage.   It was especially heartrending in that Monday’s storm was the second major  tornado to strike Moore in the past 15 years.  The residents of Moore, and  of the entire region, deserve respectful, accurate, and balanced reporting.   What they have received, I believe, is not always that.

When  the national television networks first interrupted broadcast shows for special  reports on Monday afternoon (May 20), they had already begun to describe the  storm as “historic” and “catastrophic.”  Granted that information was  fragmentary at that point, but news reports indulged in what could only be  termed speculation.  It was known that the tornado had struck two  elementary schools that were just letting out, and that fact soon became the  focus of much of the reporting.  It was suggested that “entire classrooms”  of children may have been lost along with their teachers.  The storm was  immediately compared to the Joplin tornado of 2011, which killed 158 residents.   Total loss of life for the Moore tornado was initially reported at 51 and  projected to be well over 100.  That projection was then reduced to “at  least 24.”

Certainly  the aerial photos were gripping.  Hundreds if not thousands of homes had been destroyed.  Cars along Interstate 35  were piled up in heaps.  Dazed residents were shown walking about, sifting through the debris and searching for  survivors.

As  these photos appeared, newscasters commented on the events in emotional and  sometimes frenzied tones of voice.  Again and again, they referred to the  “dozens of children” that had probably been lost.  Much was made of the  fact that Moore had been hit a second time, repeating and exceeding the  damage of 1999, a tornado outbreak that killed 46 with 318-mph winds.   Monday’s storm is estimated to have had winds of 190  mph.

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