Commenters on our Facebook page seemed dismayed at the claim, with one person saying ,'everyone I talk to about this here in Southern Louisiana is very concerned & worried. The entire Gulf Coast is.'
Rob Luke, an EyewitnessNews viewer, was so riled up he called the reporter of the story, Richard Fausset, about the headline. Rob said he 'absolutely read him the riot act.'
We got in touch with Fausset. He issued an apology and said he was unaware of the headline before speaking to Rob. He expressed frustration over the story's headline, and he said as a person who grew up in New Orleans, he was not happy to see a headline that was not representative of the story. He said it was a mistake by the LATime's web department, and when he became aware of it, he called and asked for it to be corrected.
The new headline?'Gulf oil spill: Big Easy worried but busy.'
Here's a letter Fausset sent that he asked for us to post:
Last week, you reported that a web story of mine asserted that New Orleans was reacting to the oil rig disaster with a 'shrug.' That specific language appeared in a headline written by an editor back at the L.A. Times home office.
It was not written by me, and, as you pointed out in your piece, the insinuation of the headline's language -- that is, the idea that New Orleanians don't care about the oil spill -- didn't match up the story below the headline.
The L.A. Times has corrected the language on its website, with a note of explanation, and I hope that you and your readers, listeners and viewers will accept my personal apology for the error. I grew up in New Orleans, and I am as worried and frightened as anyone about the impact of the leak on the culture and economy of South Louisiana.'
Here are a few more links of what the rest of the world is saying about the oil spill:
- Rep.Gene Taylor, D-Mississippi, took a tour over the gulf to survey the oil spill on Saturday. He said the oil spill is not as bad ashethought and that it could break up before it reaches the shore. 'This isn't Katrina. It's not Armageddon,' Taylor said. 'A lot of people are scared and I don't think they should be.'
Walker said should oil reach the marshes, his plan is to do, well, nothing, and instead let it evaporate.'That's what we will probably do, is leave it alone and let nature take its course.'
-A man who claims to have been on the oil rig when it exploded calledinto the Mark Levin radio show. He walks Levin through a first-hand account of what happened on the rig just before the explosion. We can't confirm if the man, who just said his name was 'James,'was in fact on the rig, but it does sound credible, and Levin said his producers confirmed the man was a worker on the rig.
It's a very detailed account of what allegedly happened, and because the cause of the explosion is still unknown and under investigation, it's illuminating as well.
If you're looking for morethoughts from those who work in the oil drilling field,here's a thread from the message board The Driller'sClub.
- The Economist says while banning offshore oil drilling wouldn't accomplish very much and demand for oilwould stay high, a higher gas tax may limit oil demand. Featuring a nifty chart, they say America has one of the lowest national petrol tax rates of any developed nation. They say normally an increase in the tax would be political suicide, but the nation's frustration with the oil spill may give lawmakers an opportunity to raise the tax and lessen America's foreign dependance on oil.
- The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries does not condone approaching wildlife affected by the oil spill. They want you to call them at 1-866-557-1401 (Find more important oil spillphone numbers here) so thatthe experts can handle it.But if you're curious anyway, Slate has an article about how toclean an oil-skimmed bird.The skinny of it?Lots and lots of dish soap.
- Slate also has a story that analyzes how much Louisiana's coast is worthin determining monetary damages.