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View Diary: [Updating Intermittently] Hurricane Ike Media Brownout Info Diary - Day 6 (283 comments)

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  •  Some people are saying this is a hoax (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    I think that what's happening is that there's an anonymous story going around that says there were 1,500 bodies.

    But other people are saying that figure is a hoax, and others say the anonymous person who allegedly saw bodies in trees might have been bodies washed out of a cemetery, as opposed to new dead bodies.

    It's possible that the reporter snuck in an unsourced/badly sources reference to the anonymous report, or something based on that report, and then someone else came in and said the report is a hoax.

    Until someone comes up with evidence more definitive than the anonymous e-mail that a lot of people died, it might be that getting coverage of the numbers will be hard.

    •  The bodies being washed out to sea (1+ / 0-)
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      is not a hoax report. The 1500 bodies report is different.

    •  HOAX, or AP-reported story? (5+ / 0-)

      I don't think the AP is basing its reporting on that Internet rumor. They are two separate things.

      They are basing it on two facts:

      ---Approximately 5000 people stayed behind.
      ---Where they used to be, there are only SLABS of concrete.

      There are also totally credible survivor stories of witnessing deaths and almost dying.

      Try watching some of the clips on KHOU, or even the Weather Channel (which has surprisingly good coverage) website, and see if you don't have a few questions.

      The issue is not hoax or no. The issue is, why is no one talking about this?  

    •  1500 Bodies in trees (1+ / 0-)
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      That was a big hoax.

      The story the AP is easing up to is based on questions arising becasue reportedly 15,000 to 20,000 people stayed through the storm. They have evacuated 3500, and talked to 6000 other survivors who plan to remain now. The math leaves quite a few folks unaccounted for. And if the trees and ditches aren't full of bodies, where is everybody? History says a good number may have washed out to sea. (And grisly as it is, some of those will wash back to shore somewhere.)

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