I have to admit: I'm riveted by this Carnival cruise ship story There are so many interesting angles.
I haven't seen this many passengers being mistreated since I watched Roots back in the 1970s.
As the ship nears land, security at Cathy Lee Gifford's house has been quadrupled. And hubby Frank has been spotted on the roof with an assault rifle.
Carnival spokesmodels are saying trying to get people on life boats, would be " dangerous." The ship, has many, many lifeboats. There at the ready if needed. This is a ship that is listing. There was a fire on board. Raw sewage is flowing like draft beer in a pub. People are laying down on the deck, spelling H-E-L-P out with their bodies. The port to which the ship is heading, Mobile, Alabama, has never had a ship this size try to make its way in.
Trying to get these people into life boats would be " dangerous? " I hear James Cameron is already planning to make a movie based on this PR disaster. And Gene Hackman has signed to play the lead in " Poseidon Adventure II. "
The more than 3,000 passengers on board the ship should be targeted by Recreational Vehicle dealerships. Direct mail. Email. Get the word out to these people:
Screw The Cruise. It's Time To Go Camping!
CNN has been all over this story today. MSNBC? The Lean Forward news crew? They're not going anywhere near it. MSNBC is " The Place For Politics." The only way they'd pay attention to this cruise ship story is if it was a ship chartered by people who are running for office. Or if that Senator from Arizona was on board.
The McCain Mutiny!
My friends Skip Vogt and Bill Dubiel are trying to make sense of this story on my Face Book page. Both know a lot more about cruises than I do. I've never been on one. Going on a trip with more than 3,000 other people? Me? Who gets nervous in crowds? I'd be nervous on a boat with 3 people on it. And you have to wonder. Most people on board seem to be handling this crises like troupers. But there has to be a fraction, a faction, that's litigeous. Will litigation be as much of a factor in this story as navigation? We'll see.