Skip to comments.Can't believe CNN actually aired this verbal exchange... (Earthquake related)
Posted on 03/13/2011 12:42:04 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
Earlier this AM CNN aired an exchange between a reporter stateside on the CNN set and a reporter in Japan.
The reporter in Japan was commenting on how calm and orderly everyone was while waiting in line at stores for water, food and gas.
He said that they had several full gas cans on their truck to get them where they were going and they felt comfortable leaving their vehicle unattended while going inside stores to buy food or to interview people.
He then compared it to his experiences during Katrina when their vehicle was completely looted of gas, food, water and even their personal gear and bags right under their noses.
He then said that the difference between the human response to the situation was almost night and day, the Japanese were very orderly and calm while the Katrina survivors were totally out of control.
I was amazed that CNN let him air such views. While completely truthful they show a side of our population we all know is there, but to speak of it, to even refer to it is viewed as racist...
It is a perfect example of what everyone knows . . . but few are inclined to publicly say it
Every once in a while, the political correctness drugs wear off and the truth slips out. Heads will roll at Chicken Noodle Network...
Personal responsibility is an issue of pride in Japan. It is the exact opposite of attitudes of taking pride in how much you can get from the system that plagues liberal areas of this nation.
Sad on many levels, but oh so true.
They just wanted to point out how the US is inferior to the rest of the world.
The difference between the two situations is that with Katrina, Bush was president. It was 100% his fault.
< / sarcasm>
Is Eric Holder loosing his grip on the cowards at CNN?
Japan must not have goverment entitlement programs.
Entitlement society vs. self-reliant society. ‘Nuff said!
Any criticisms of the Democrats' socialist welfare state and its "base" denizens must be left unspoken.
Entitlement society vs. self-reliant society. ‘Nuff said!
My wife and I were talking about this today. I was commenting on how orderly and efficient the Japanese were in this time of disorder and grief. They weren’t on camera bitching and whining about how they weren’t getting what they deserved.
Katrina under Bush
Japan under Obama
The world is more civilized now /s
Katrina was not just New Orleans. Mississippians handled themselves in order without a significant amount of chaos. The Gulf Coast of Mississippi experienced the same effect as did the Tsunami on Japan. There is a big difference between the behaviour and politics of the Japanese and Mississippians versus those of the residents of New Orleans.
it was a live report
next time perhaps they will have a 8 second delay like the super bowl halftime show these days and cut that part out.
Yep, it’s embarrassing. We have to many people in this country that are the gimmie gimmie gimmie what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine crowd.
To bad he didn’t reference the aftermath of many unpublicized catastrophes in the US where communities worked together.
that truth hurts, but he is right.
theie unemployment was about 5%....up from 3 a couple years back.
I was wondering how they would spin the lie. obama did it.
I don’t think his point was that Japanese are more civilized than blacks. His point was that Japanese are more civilized than Americans.
Besides, it was all Bush’s fault. That has been thoroughly established and is understood by the CNN audience.
Yeah, someone would have gotten trouble for that if they were quicker to react. I can definitely see that comment being called racist, especially if it were uttered on talk radio.
My husband pointed out, when we were watching coverage of the clean up at Christchurch, that it was the citizens who were operating the fire hoses to clean up the sidewalks. No one was sitting around waiting for the government to come and clean up the mess.
Japanese have a strong sense of national identity. One way or another, they show personal responsibility in times like this. We could learn a thing or three from the Japanese.
The church gave a handful of Katrina families several hundred prime acres of land here for a new church along with several nice brick homes and office buildings. When I say prime, I mean it. Cream of the crop. You can’t get any more P-R-I-M-E acreage. I’ve never seen any cars there on Sunday and haven’t heard of anyone who has attended church there but it’s all tax exempt. I drove by there yesterday and saw they had turned what used to be private roads owned and maintained for decades by the previous church are now county maintained roads....
I hope you recorded it because it will never be aired again
Thank you for pointing that out.
If I recall correctly, Bush whoopsed his cookies in Japan several years ago. As a result the earthquake occurred and caused the tsunami.
After years and years of welfare, food stamps, free healthcare, black history month, there is an entitlement mentality that they are “owed” for having their great, great, great grandmother had to “endure” slavery. The poorest in this nation are better off in every way than those living in their homeland of Africa. But that doesn’t keep them from always bringing up the slavery issue. We all know about Selma, but then there’s Oprah. So, GET OVER IT and get a life. America doesn’t OWE you anything but the pursuit of happiness.
You’re right. I regret the omission. Upbringing. It’s all in that. As my late mother used to say, “There are those who are bought up and those who are dragged up.’’
Best thing to do is not talk about the ugly truth.
then it won’t be true anymore.
I don’t think it has so much to do with race as it has to do with civilized behavior.
The Japanese are a civilized people—outside of war.
Then, there are some people who are inculcated with values to act like savages, regardless of race.
You should see the white liberals where I live.
They make the blacks during Katrina look like the Japanese.
Reminiscent of the Tennessee floods or the Kentucky ice storm...the people just rolled up their sleeves and got the job done...no Obama/government wanted or needed...
I read on another thread a few days ago that there isn’t an equivalent word for “looting” in the Japanese language. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but maybe so.
The Japanese culture is quite different from ours, and in many ways they are much better suited to endure and behave honorably during a time of national crisis. I heard part of their PM’s speech this morning; among other things, he said he wanted to “emphasize individual reliance”. I think a substantial percentage of US citizens wouldn’t even understand what that means.
As far as demographics go, I think what we saw during Katrina is a culture of entitlement carried to its logical conclusion. As we see our entitlement sector trending ever closer to 35%, what we saw during Katrina will be what we may reasonably expect to see anywhere in America. I live in a region that has one of the lowest minority populations in the country. Yet, I can assure you, if we were faced with a disaster of similar proportions to what is facing Japan, God forbid, people would have to take precautions to defend their property and provisions. I guarantee there would be looting. Heck, if someone was driving around now, under normal non-crisis circumstances, with an open truckbed full of gasoline, food, and backpacks full of personal belongings, they would be robbed if they left it unattended.
Do a lot of people really believe that if they don’t live in a minority-populated area that they will be safe from the type of barbarism and thuggery we witnessed during Katrina? Not likely, imo. Just watch the videos of Wisconsin “protestors” for a preview.
You are correct. Sadly the New Orleans people went on to “tear up” Houston and a few other places.
“Entitlement society vs. self-reliant society. Nuff said!”
I’m not so sure that this explains all of it. Life in Japan has always been pretty tough (no land, food, resources, some of the reasons for their actions in WWII), and I think the people are much better at working together and making sacrifices for each other than we are (but, of course, they KNOW that everyone will do their part). They don’t have much “diversity”, which “oddly enough”, IS their strength.
Peer pressure still works very well there also. Peer pressure (to enforce acceptable behavior in society) went out here sometime in the mid-60’s.