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About coasterfreaky

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  1. Thank you. I see exactly what you're talking about. So TEMA def made an incorrect call, then Ober corrected them, and then TEMA corrected the previously reported information - that's completely understandable and what should be expected in the early hours of a disaster of this enormous caliber. For me, this has nothing to do with the state of journalism, as it was put. Journalists, who are humans, are operating off adrenaline, pressure, usually low personnel, and there will be mistakes made in reporting the early stages of any disaster, as I put it before. It aint the first time.
  2. I did, and you're not making any sense. If you want to make excuses for people who report that huge buildings and tourists attractions are destroyed without actually bothering to look at them to see if that's actually true then be my guest, but there's a reason basically nobody here agrees with you. That's completely irresponsible. It's called "human error". It's a thing. it's understandable when people around you are dying in a river of heat and fire.
  3. Thank you. I see exactly what you're talking about. So TEMA def made an incorrect call, then Ober corrected them, and then TEMA corrected the previously reported information - that's completely understandable and what should be expected in the early hours of a disaster of this enormous caliber. For me, this has nothing to do with the state of journalism, as it was put. Journalists, who are humans, are operating off adrenaline, pressure, usually low personnel, and there will be mistakes made in reporting the early stages of any disaster, as I put it before. It aint the first time.
  4. Make up your mind. These are direct contradictions. And in response to the idea that we should excuse trusted news agencies and government organizations for their royal f**k ups because these royal f**k ups have become commonplace, no. If you are going to quote me, do so correctly. I stand by what I said in my previous post. MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE CONCEPTS.
  5. There will always be misinformation surrounding the early hours of every disaster. That is just the way it goes. How long did it take to figure out the events of 9/11, or the Ohio state shooting last week, for example. It is a by-product of 24/7 news cycles, and internet news and the immediate need to know. I agree on the points about TEMA, but do we know EXACTLY what they said and/or reported? I haven't seen it, but like you all, I've heard the same things that were attributed to TEMA - that Ober was reportedly destroyed, and so on. If we don't know exactly what they've said, and are
  6. It is impossible to find out what really happened because... A) this remains a fluid situation B) People are dead and missing, Fires are still burning! HELLO! C) There are not enough reporters to cover every story out there. Hillbilly Golf is not a priority at this time. D) 15 Thousand Acres on fire and a few roads to escape. E) "WAR ZONE" - "HELLSCAPE" - "RIVERS OF FIRE AND HEAT" - those are just some of the adjectives being used to describe this area. Please, Tell me more about how assigning blame to the media or anyone else is helpful at this moment!
  7. I'm sorry, no. Acting as if criticizing trusted sources of information for doing a horrendous job somehow means we don't understand the severity of the situation or feel sympathy for those involved is ridiculous. You can understand the severity of the situation, praise the firefighters, police, volunteers and all first responders for their heroic efforts and sympathize with everyone involved while still being critical of the fact that trusted news sources got just about everything wrong and reported things that were entirely wrong as fact. If you don't have quality sources for information then
  8. Dollywood would be gone. thunderhead and lightning rod would be in ashes r n....without the rain.
  9. Ok - I think this blaming stuff has gone on long enough. I suppose if you're not somehow affected by this personally, you have zero grasp of what has happened to this area. People have died, people are missing. 15 THOUSAND ACRES on fire in a matter of two to three hours, hurricane force winds, with only a few roads to escape for your life. There was no way possible for the media to cover every single event happening. This was a multi-faceted disaster. People want information as quickly as possible about loved ones, their homes and businesses. Can you blame them - NO! Was the coverage
  10. If you're just catching up, here are two lists from two local affiliates about the what's been lost, damaged or left intact. WATE (abc) List of sites damaged WBIR (nbc) What's damaged, destroyed and intact this list is more thorough, and updated more than WATE.
  11. I'm assuming so because I have not heard any bad news related to the fires this morning. The local networks have stopped interrupting regular broadcasting - also a good sign. It rained heavily all through the night in Knoxville. My cousin came in from middle Tennessee to help fight the fires....waiting to hear from him when he checks in with the family.
  12. ^It's possible its safe! It just goes to show how much confusion there is at this time. Im not sure Gatlinburg has "re-opened" per se, for business owners and others to see what damage has occurred. The priority right now is to go house to house in the areas outside of Gatlinburg to help others who may need assistance, so we may not know for sure for a day or two, or more depending on the weather this evening and overnight. I'm holding out hope!
  13. I just listened to the 4pm news conference with local and state leaders, here’s what I heard… • Three lives have been lost. No details given. • Injured number has risen from 12 to 14. • Search and Rescue continues in areas previously inaccessible. Trees, power lines, power poles are blocking many roadways. They are going house by house to check on everyone. • Multiple structural fires are a top priority. • Many Gatlinburg neighborhoods are blocked. • Tonight’s forecast is a mixed bag. High Winds are predicted as well as significant rainfall. It’s not yet clear if the wind w
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