......and not one single peep from the media. How remote is this area where the bodies are being found?
What, and abandon that Mutha' Sheehan?
Tass and Pravda in the USSR also blocked bad news. Sovietization of America is ongoing, and control of the news is part of it.
If they don't have videos, they don't report. On TV, it's all about the videos.
What, exactly, do you expect from "the media?" Reliable numbers of deaths simply do not exist, because the governments involved are, rightly, more involved in rescuing the living than accounting for the dead.
Remember now long it took to get an accurate accounting of the dead from the 9/11 attacks? Weeks. This is a few orders of magnitude past that, hundreds of times as many potential victims and survivors spread over millions of times as much area.
If you don't have the full picture reported to you in the first two days, you'll just have to learn to live with that. This is a cataclysm, and it wil take governments at every level time to sort it out. Don't blame the media for not reporting what nobody knows.
"The death toll will be rising" is about an accurate description by the media as you're gonna get. I think we may never know the complete number of deaths from this hurricane for a while.