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Land Mass or second Alabama? Mississippi gets overlooked by media during natural disasters

A map posted by the Seattle Times on Aug. 26 had Mississippi labeled as Alabama.
A map posted by the Seattle Times on Aug. 26 had Mississippi labeled as Alabama. Seattle Times

Mississippi has an identity problem, at least when it comes to natural disasters and media outlets.

Who could forget when Tropical Storm Isaac was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2012 and a reporter for The Weather Channel refereed to the area as the “land mass between New Orleans and Mobile?” The “land mass” become an internet meme sensation.

The Beau Rivage also named a burger after the dis at the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Landmass Burger consists of sticky onions, a Mississippi tomato fondue, crispy bread and butter pickles, American cheese, Landmass BBQ Sauce and a homemade roll.

It seems as if the Seattle Times may not have been familiar with the telecast as the news outlet made a mistake during the coverage of Hurricane Harvey. In a hurricane tracking map that showed the Gulf Coast, Mississippi was mistakenly labeled Alabama.

The Seattle Times later apologized for the mistake in a Tweet. The original Tweet with the bogus map was later deleted.

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