Cagle and other GA politicos on ABC News

Our drought is making national news. Two days nights in a row on ABC’s World News Tonight No Longer With Peter Jennings. Lt. Governor Cagle was interviewed by ABC’s Steve Osunsami for last night’s package, where he was allotted maybe a 10-second soundbite. Isakson railing about the Corps of Engineers on the Senate floor got even less face time.

With Georgia issues given extensive attention on local blogs, does anyone even watch national evening newscasts anymore? It’s not like you’re going to learn anything that way, but you can troll for the video here if you care to. Cagle looked telegenic and leader-y at least. Isakson, as Erick would so poetically put it… yawn.

With no time allotted for substance in these MSM


  1. Mad Dog says:


    Why didn’t our Goobernator get a sound byte or two to explain his policy of Praying for Rain?

    Or, maybe a few words on why he spent $19 million dollars on his “Go Fish” initiative during a drought?

    Did any of our leader-y and telegenic heroes address how much state revenues will fall if rain doesn’t fall?

    Maybe our elected leaders don’t get much face time on national TV because the political weather isn’t the national story. The national story is the multi-year drought of leadership under the Bush regime. Not the GOP regime of Georgia telling farmers to pray for rain.


  2. SpaceyG says:

    Beats me, MD. He could have been left on the cutting room floor, as we say in the biz. Given the fact that ABC News just slashed their Atlanta bureau staff back to a few people, they were doing damn good to get even Cagle on there.

    As I said, you want more on what no water is going to do for state revenues, you’re gonna have to go down the Tubes for that kinda in-depth analysis.

  3. Holly says:

    Spacey, print is still the medium that sets the agenda, even though TV is where most Americans attain their news information. Television and online media certainly have their place, but it’s the op-eds and in depth reporting in the papers that sets what the TV guys report on. What’s said in 500 to 800 words in a newspaper is cut down to 30 to 90 seconds for the on air broadcasts. This is less true for the online world, but it still has a ways to go, I think, before it can be seen as the agenda-setter.

    That long answer was to say, yes, people still get their news from the TV, but the TV guys depend on print stories to assemble their programs.

  4. ChuckEaton says:

    The Georgia drought has recieved a lot of national media attention, althought blaming Bush and his lack of leadership on the issue is a new angle.

  5. Harry says:

    If you’re a partisan Democrat, Bush caused global warming. If you’re a mainstream reporter or public schoolteacher, Bush merely contributed to it.

  6. cheapseats says:

    a couple of things about this:

    >> I am no fan of Sonny by any stretch but folks, on both sides, need to get a grip on this fishing thing. For one thing, there was no drought of this magnitude or duration anticipated when the fishing thing was proposed; thing #2: I doubt that this was Sonny’s idea because it’s actually a very good one in terms of economic development – the payback would be in only a year or two and a lot of rural counties would benefit immensely (if you’ve got your head stuck in a golf bag and don’t think fishing is BIG BUCKS then, your head has a hole-in-one. ; thing #3: building boat ramps while the water is down like it is saves huge money – it’s a whole lot easier to build boat ramps on now-dry land than to try to build them during normal water levels so, this drought is a kind of windfall for that sort of activity (about all it’s good for…)

    The whole “inedible mussels must be sacrificed so our rednecks can wash their trucks” debate shows the total lack of understanding of the meaning of the word “chain” in the context of “food chain”. There’s lots of critters that we don’t eat but we need them desparately and if we let them die off, there’s nothing to take their little places in the system. Trying to trivialize the loss of an entire species is what makes conservatives look like ignorant neanderthals.

  7. Mad Dog says:

    cheap seats,

    I truly doubt it was Sonny’s idea. He’s just the salesman.

    Given the drought of the 1980’s, that our current record drought is just 18 months at this point, that bath water is more important than bass water to the general population, the boom and bust nature of weather dependent economies/tourism, building a few boat ramps on the cheap looks … real dumb. Maybe it was Sonny’s idea.

    But, I admit to not reading up on the economics of how fishing tournaments drive state wide revenue.

    Got a primer for me?


    p.s. No body in government ever thought about there being some bad weather post Katrina. Especially since we don’t have any gay people in Georgia for God to punish.

  8. SpaceyG says:

    You gotta wonder how Sonny markets the State of Georgia overseas, like to Japan, as a fabulous place to do biz when we’re tussling over the little water there is left in the state all over national/global media? What if the Japanese businessmen, they’re always men in Japan, come over here and ride around in hot traffic all day and then can’t take a shower back at the Ritz that night? Yikes.

  9. SpaceyG says:

    Better yet, I think I’ll just send the jet over there right now to get it quick like a bunny for me. Don’t know if I can STAND to wait for FedX. Bsides, I’ve got to run go do lunch with the Nobel Committee right now. Us visionaries gotta always be thinking ahead to next year, right?!

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