Video: Real or Windows Media. Some more context and description follows. This item was posted earlier today in the September 1 edition of the MRC's CyberAlert.
For a taped piece on the August 31 ABC News special which aired at 10pm EDT/PDT, 9pm CDT/MDT, Cuomo, the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, raised with Cohen the ethics of looting and price gouging, before getting to this proposition in the form of a question:
"Hurricane Katrina is perhaps the most economically destructive event in American history since the Great Depression [video of 1930s depression scenes], the last time the country responded with unprecedented sweeping changes to help the least fortunate. Today may demand an equal effort.”
Cuomo to Randy Cohen, New York Times ethicist columnist: “Couldn't this hurricane be something that is a historically relevant event that may change how we deal with each other in this society?"
Cohen: "The outcome is unknowable, which is another extraordinary thing about such events. We don't know how we'll respond."
Cuomo: "While it may take weeks and even months to know the full extent of the damage, one thing is for sure: Even among the worst affected, people here say no one is giving up."