Monday, August 27, 2012

Land Mass you say?

Local Jackson resident Jana Bell created a Facebook page that went viral: The Land Mass Between New Orleans and Mobile. Facebook page.

Created only last night, the page has received nearly 25,000 likes in the last 12 hours. Ms. Bell created it after The Weather Channel referred to Mississippi as the "land mass between New Orleans and Mobile" yesterday. Mississippi residents are still sore how the state was ignored in most Katrina coverage even though a great deal of the Gulf Coast was literally wiped off of the map. Its pretty clear more than a few saw the same media numbskullery happening again.

Mrs. Bell told JJ "I was on FB yesterday and saw a friend's post complaining about The Weather Channel referring to Mississippi as a land mass. Instead of getting mad about it, I saw the humor of it and decided to create Facebook page about it. Most of the comments were positive although some were negative as they accused me of trying to profit, which is not true. The page was created in good fun. Then people started posting shelter and storm information so its started to turn into an information source for people. It started out as something funny and turned into something useful."


Anonymous said...

Saw that blew up yesterday.

Anonymous said...

I, myself, thought it was the BEST IDEA all day...I LOVED IT!!!

Anonymous said...

not on facebook, can't see it. Land Mass Jambalaya---hahahahahaha, KF.

mrsturnipseed said...

For something that started as a joke it has really taken off! Great job Ms Bell!!

Anderson said...

Yes, very well done.

I think the national media are just fearful and resentful at having to pronounce "Biloxi."

Anonymous said...

My favorite is when those foreigners call it Block See.

Anonymous said...

pronounce Biloxi/Block See---That's perfect! There was a film made years ago and of all things, they named it Biloxi Blues. Every single advertisement was...BilOXsea Blues. Never did see that movie. If you can't even find out how to say the word...

Thanks folks, that was a good laugh.

Anonymous said...

lol! The media including Shep Smith were so damn concerned about those tards from the 9th Ward in the superdome and camping on the bridge they forgot that Miss had been blown away!

Anonymous said...

hmmmm......Stephanie Abrams in a wet t-shirt on the beach....

Anonymous said...

At lunchtime today I heard Shep repeat the phrase "a world of hurt" a few times, and make one totally incoherent comment when his teleprompter must have died.

And 2:48 - Neil Simon wrote that play based on his memoirs of his time stationed in Biloxi - I wouldn't blame him for other people's mispronunciations.

Shadowfax said...

Jim Hood, every in campaign mode, courtesy of Bert Case, has taken to the airways tonite to warn Mississippians about home repair ripoffs and how to report them.

Anonymous said...

LSU and BAMA both losers!!! The great land mass belongs to MSU!!!

Anonymous said...

it is all about the SIN city,they don't care about Christians,where would they go to do they Devils work. May GOD bless them anyway.

We have JESUS we will be fine.

Anonymous said...

Leave it to Misipians to be insulted by a meteorologist's use of the term "land mass" instead of the Free Stste of Mississippi or some other crap.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone actually provide a link where the term "land mass" was used? I'm afraid this is a hoax that has ruffled many feathers.

Unknown said...

no hoax I heard it with my two MISSISSIPPI ears

Anonymous said...

Just because Shepard Smith said it doesn't make it so.

Anonymous said...

But Karla Jackson does! :)

Anonymous said...

Mississippi Math and Geography Test:

If Billy Bob starts at the city limits of Mobile Alabama and drives to the city of New Orleans Louisiana, name the states he will drive in.

A. Mississippi
B. Alabama
C. Louisiana
D. All of the above.
Good Job, D is the correct answer.
How many states does that make (you can use your fingers and toes if need be)
Good Job, 3 is the correct answer.
They can’t describe it as Mississippi because that leaves out part of it and they can’t name all 3 states because that covers Texas to Pensacola.
Now wright this sentence on the board and stare at it until you think you have the correct answer!
Why are you so paranoid and insecure about the national perception of Mississippi?

Shadowfax said...

The 'loose cannon' babe Ashleigh Banfield, on CNN, called it 'land mass' numerous times. She also said 'Can you believe three governors on the Gulf Coast actually declared states of emergency before the thing has even hit?'

Anonymous said...

Ashleigh is an idiot. Wasn't she run off from MSNBC? How low can you go?

KaptKangaroo said...

Alright, who left the front door at Whitfield open?

Anonymous said...

The Sun Herald now admits they never heard of it, but thought because Shep Smith, the Clarion Ledger and "the facebook" said it's true then it had to be. Meanwhile no one can produce any proof that the words "land mass" were ever uttered. So many of you got all lathered up for nothing.

Anonymous said...


What exactly is the issue here? "lathered up for nothing?"

People are "lathered up" because 7 years ago there was a noticeable omission from media reporting about Katrina. That omission was Mississippi. Mississippians didn't notice nor care as we were putting our lives back together. No, the rest of the U.S. noticed.

This appeared to be a fun way to poke at that issue and the Sun Herald is far from admitting "they never heard of it."

The Sun Herald selectively quoted someone from The Weather Channel saying they can't find videos online of the comment. Both reporters from The Weather Channel openly apologized for their slip-up back on Sunday. What the Sun Herald is doing is obfuscating the facts, once again as the media intentionally does, and selectively quoting in an intellectually dishonest manner to portray something different than it actually is.

In the court of law, eyewitness accounts are generally accepted forms of proof and there are thousands upon thousands of individuals across the country that have commented on The Weather Channel social sites on the day it occurred. That should serve as proof enough.

Anonymous said...

Yes of course, much like the legion of eyewitnesses who swore that Johnny Carson told Zsa Zsa he'd love to pet her pussy if she'd just move the darn cat. Didn't happen, but many swore it did.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the crass comment was either an attempt at humor or an attempt to continue the intellectual dishonesty.

Either way, it doesn't matter what other things happened or didn't happen. This did happen or there are thousands of people who were in on the joke well before the facebook page showed up.

Apparently all those people who tweeted or posted on Jim Cantore's and Stephanie Abrams' facebook pages Sunday morning are not to be believed.

Or maybe the apologies from the aforementioned were just apologies out of the blue for not saying the words. Maybe they were in on the whole thing as well.

Anonymous said...

Weather Channel's facebook entry was pasted on another forum:

"We love everyone’s passion about the state of Mississippi. We at The Weather Channel are just as passionate about any and all areas affected by severe weather. We are totally committed to Mississippi and anywhere that might be affected, and we continue to work to prepare residents to stay safe. Several of our colleagues including Paul Goodloe and Eric Fisher are in Mississippi, and we will continue to cover every area affected."

Here's my take on this:
1) if you do the weather, you should be able to name the states.
2) if your pettyness, politics, or whatever tell you that during an emergency--oh, that's the time to be a child--then you simply have lost any trust I had in you and your actions speak volumns about your level of professionalism.

Bye, weather channel. There's hundreds of options when receiving weather info, and its amazing how many grown ups are out there who believe that emergencies out rank stupidity. You have the option to be unprofessional, and I have the option to do business elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Said or not, can someone explain to me why you would be upset about someone on TWC referring to an area that includes parts of three states as "the land mass between Mobile and New Orleans?"

Diberville Warrior said...

It never happened. Not a single shred of verifiable evidence to support the "Land Mass" story.

Anonymous said...

9:47 Sorry to hear about your delusions. Or did you manage to destroy every copy of that clip that many of us saw on youtube over and over?

Bekah williams said...

It happened. I heard it clearly. It sure has given us a good laugh. No need to get bent out of shape over it.

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