In this, my third posting on Katrina, I find myself in the position of having to push back on the posting of several days ago commending the professional communicators charged with supplying the media channel with accurate information to save lives. Sure, they worked their butts off to do their jobs — and the information they disseminated in advance of Katrina helped save countless lives.
Still, no one imagined nor planned for the chaos and anarchy that sprouted in the aftermath of this monumental American tragedy. Timely access to accurate information, and the means to disseminate it, are the key ingredients needed for the PR professional to successfully do his or her job. Neither exists right now, even with our President’s planned photo-op today.