Monday, November 12, 2012
The NY Times Imagines post-Sandy Looters
In a November 9, 2012 article, New York Times reporter Michael Wilson informed us that in post-Sandy NYC, the “hunt” was on for “that most deeply despised boogeyman,” the one “who creeps in behind catastrophes” to prey on the “helpless huddled in the dark.”
Was he speaking of the pandering politicians who exploit the misery to create photo ops and make even more empty promises?
Or perhaps it was those captains of industry ready to cash in on the looming gentrification they’d help create in the rebuilding (sic) process?
If not, surely Wilson meant the inept drones that staff agencies and institutions like FEMA, NYPD, and the Red Cross, right?
A. None of the above
What the newspaper of record was warning us to fear is (wait for it) looters—and not just your garden variety looters. Nope, the Times wants us to remain ever-vigilant on the lookout for imaginary looters.
One of my recent OWS photos:
Occupy Sandy Relief hub in Brooklyn
Courtesy of Rick the Cartoonist: