I wonder if this ever happened to Cronkite? I wonder if it was ever this bad covering Vietnam or WWII?
NBC's Kerry Sanders was at the airport in New Orleans, which is serving as a makeshift hospital and transport center for hospital patients:
- I cannot believe what I am seeing here in the New Orleans area. IÂve been reporting for 21 years around the world and I've never seen the likes of this.
- This is, I think, the hardest story IÂve ever covered. Emotionally, IÂm just really being tested. I cannot believe what IÂm seeing.
- Perhaps the most difficult thing for me was when I woke up this morning next to two dead bodies....went to sleep last night on an extra stretcher....The cameraman with me said they actually tried to take my stretcher during the night. They thought that I was one of the victims, until he told them I was OK and to leave me there.
- It is human misery as people are lying in pain, ailing and wailing....The pained screams from patients is like fingers on a chalkboard because there is nothing you can do to reach out and help these people.