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The I Of The Storm

by | 5th, September 2005

‘AFTER the broadsheets have done their reporting, the tabloids wade into the New Orleans waters and look for the human interest angle.

‘Dear Readers, today I went to the game’

And the human the Sun is interested in is Emily Smith, the paper’s girl on the scene with a pad and maybe even a pencil.

There’s even a lead shot of Emily (we’ll stick with first names throughout) on the Sun’s front page. In it she’s seen placing her hand atop that of 81-year-old diabetic Rosella McCoy, a picture newsworthy enough to be repeated in a larger format inside the paper.

Black Rosella looks deeply pained. Blonde Emily looks compassionate. “This tragic widow begged me to save her from disaster,” writers Emily, “and half an hour later she lay on the verge of death.”

It’s just terrible. But spare your tears. It’s OK. Emily’s still with us. And she’s professional enough to keep up the good work. “Our Emily vowed to help”, but when she returned (from where we are not told) Rosella had collapsed and was driven away “sprawled across the bonnet of an army truck”.

It must have been a trying ordeal? But Emily is just fine. Shaken? Yes. But deeply stirred. “PRAY FOR HER,” says the Sun’s front-page headline. And we will. Good luck, Emily. Godspeed.

But what of the other Britons out there on the frontline? News is that the Express’s Cyril Dixon is hard at it.

Unlike the Sun’s Emily, Cyril’s stayed at home, where the real relief effort is being orchestrated from.

He tells us that 150 Britons are still missing in New Orleans, one of whom is of Catherine Nicholls, who lived in Biloxi, Mississippi. He speaks to her sister who says, “The longer it goes on the worse it

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