Double-standard on media coverage of Sandy?

Intermedia Partners Leo Hindrey reacts


This is a rush transcript from "Your World," November 2, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF "YOUR WORLD": All right, the long gas line, the tempers, the images that will be shown around the world right now are not getting any better. A lot of this could change overnight if we get power back. But even then, I'm told, that is not so instantaneous

So, could that be a problem for a president who said just a couple of days ago, we are on it, we will deal with it, we got it?

Leo Hindery is a big Obama supporter. He's the managing partner over at InterMedia Partners.

What do you think?

LEO HINDERY, MANAGING PARTNER, INTERMEDIA PARTNERS: I think we are in the midst, very early in the midst of a tragedy, an unprecedented moment.

There is no shortage of gasoline. There is a shortage of power. I live in part of Manhattan, Neil, where we have power, and millions of people live a few blocks south of me and have no power.

I think that if this was a Katrina-like response, where there was a visible tragedy, and you didn't see a governor with his hands on the switch, as you saw in Governor Christie or Governor Cuomo here, a president who has marshaled every FEMA resource, I said to you...

CAVUTO: Well, you saw this woman in Staten Island. It is not reaching there.

HINDERY: Well, do think in this...

CAVUTO: And that was the same -- I agree with you. Katrina, the two are night and day.

HINDERY: I would say...

CAVUTO: But if the argument is they are bragging about what they are doing, and help is there, but this woman is saying, no, it is not. I’m not seeing it. My neighbors are not seeing it.

HINDERY: I think the five boroughs of Manhattan -- of New York is a peculiar circumstance.

I don't disagree with that woman that we have been imbalanced here in New York relative to the four boroughs other than Manhattan, where I happen to live and we're sitting here today. But this isn't a macro-political event. Some of the local people will be called out as to whether we have been fairly treated as a region.

CAVUTO: Well, you see it does come back to the issue of -- there is great criticism or tendency to say being proactive doesn't necessarily mean you are being properly reactive, right? It doesn't mean that you are on top of all the little details, that politicians of all persuasions can say one thing and not realize reality is another.

HINDERY: But we have water in our tunnels still. I had trouble getting over here this afternoon for this show.

We are days...

CAVUTO: Well, they had water back in Katrina. They had -- disasters of all sort, each have their own characteristics.

What I'm saying is, it just seems to me that it is a story that isn't being as aggressively reported here as stories have in the past.

HINDERY: Well, because I think FEMA here is a different FEMA than we saw in Katrina.

We saw a different FEMA in Irene a year ago when it also hit the Atlantic Coast. I think judgments should be made whether we are trying to be responsive. I don't think anybody...

CAVUTO: Well, clearly, this woman was saying no.

I'm not saying there is not some good response. I am just saying we were quick to seize on what happened back in 2005 with Katrina, which was a disaster on many, many levels. We just don't see -- I see in the media the same zeal to be fair here.

HINDERY: What you saw in Katrina, you saw thousands and thousands of impoverished people stuck at the stadium there in New Orleans who simply could not be rescued away.

CAVUTO: I saw one guy getting blamed for it, President Bush.

HINDERY: Standing in line for gasoline where there is no power to fire up that gas station...


CAVUTO: Do you think that there is a double standard applied to President Obama?

HINDERY: Oh, no.

CAVUTO: Really?

HINDERY: I really don't.

CAVUTO: You can look at say there is no double standard?

HINDERY: No, because I think this is -- again, I think there is a different FEMA under way this president.

CAVUTO: OK. OK. I don't know why you say that.

HINDERY: Well, I don't think there is a double standard. I really don't.


HINDERY: Governor Christie, I don't think, believes there is a double standard.


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