KTRK's Abrahams calls out NY Times

KTRK-13's Tom Abrahams engages in a bit of media criticism related to recent coverage of Houston's Katrina efforts by New York Times outlets:

Houston is home to the largest relief shelter in American history. From donating shelter, clothes, and food to making room in its schools, the city and its people have given of themselves.

So who could find anything bad to say about Houston? Apparently the New York Times could, which on Tuesday printed an article about Houston's response to Katrina in two different newspapers. In one, the article seems relatively even handed. But in the other, some say it is overly critical, ill-timed, and in poor taste.

In the Times, there's an above-the-fold article by Houston-based reporter Simon Romero. And apparently what's in the Times is not all the news that's fit to print.

In The International Herald Tribune published by the Times in Paris, Romero's article is on page 15 and it begins with a line not in the Times, which reads "No one would accuse this city of being timid in the scramble to profit from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."

It later contends, "A surge of business activity in Houston might lift the fortune of a city that is still struggling to recover from the collapse of Enron and two decades of job cuts in the energy industry."

As noted here, the New York Times did try to slant their story to portray Houston as crudely opportunistic, but they had to report enough facts that they probably only hurt themselves journalistically by trying to slant the story the way they did. The IHT editing was apparently worse.

Kudos to Abrahams and KTRK for calling them on it.

To echo Laurence Simon -- If you're getting your Houston-related coverage from the New York Times, Washington Post, or national bloggers who refuse to link to some of the fine local resources Laurence links at the top of his blog, you're almost certainly missing parts of the story.

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 09/07/05 11:37 AM | Print |

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