What about Katrina? April 4, 2008Posted by Robert Rich in symposium.
Paula Poindexter challenged Moroney on another hyper-local issue, this time that of Hurricane Katrina.
“If it had not been for the media, we would not have known the truth about Katrina,” Poindexter said. “This was a tragedy that opened the eyes of the United States and the world to what was going on. You need to be careful about saying this isn’t local and we don’t need to focus on it.”
Moroney still held to his stance that hyper-local news must be the focus.
“We wouldn’t send as many people down to cover Katrina as we did,” Moroney said. “We sent more photographers down there than anyone. If there is global dimensions to that story, like the people that come out of New Orleans evacuating, then we’ll do it. I appreciate where you’re headed but newspapers better make some choices about what they cover, we’re stretching ourselves too thin. I’m trying to save the scale of The Dallas Morning News.”