Some reporters helped stranded victims because no police officers or rescue workers were around. (Fox's Geraldo Rivera did his rivals one better: yesterday, he nudged an Air Force rescue worker out of the way so his camera crew could tape him as he helped lift an older woman in a wheelchair to safety.)
News reports alerted the world, and, it seems, an inattentive federal government, to the neglected victims in New Orleans. And television networks even acted as benefactors, holding star-studded telethons to raise money for the storm's victims.
Tuesday night, Geraldo Rivera told a very different story with support from the video of the situation. In the clip you notice that Rivera is in front of the woman in the wheelchair while the serviceman is behind her. There seems to be no way that Rivera could have stopped the serviceman, even if he had tried. Rivera noted the Times refused to issue a retraction and he is now seeking legal action for one.
The video is located here.