The reason the report stirred such emotion, Pelley says, is that "People in Louisiana are desperately hoping that the federal government is going to come up with billions of dollars to restore the city and protect the city. It's not at all clear at this point that that is going to happen. People in Louisiana are very concerned anytime someone raises their head and says we don't know if this is a good idea or not. When a high profile story goes on the air that has just one guy saying 'just hold on a second,' they react passionately to that."
Now USA Today has weighed in on the issue in an editorial, comparing rebuilding efforts to the city's plans for Mardi Gras. Here's the paper's take:
The [Mardi Gras] plan seems fitted to the circumstances — a slimmed down version that honors tradition but recognizes New Orleans' new reality.USA Today doesn't get more specific than that, but this seems to be an effort to split the difference when it comes to rebuilding New Orleans. Stay tuned.
Money is tight, so the city is seeking sponsors to help underwrite its expenses. Nonetheless, in a bow to tradition, Mardi Gras organizers will not allow commercial sponsorship of floats and parades.
Perhaps this undertaking provides a model for the city's more daunting challenges. Scale back on dreams of recreating the pre-Katrina city. Seek creative financing. Be flexible. Above all, don't lose what is the quintessential New Orleans.