And helicopters swoop down just to get a scoop
Through his telescopic lens, but he didn't scoop you
The days immediately after Hurricane Katrina, many news crews flew over the city and filmed the destruction afterward, but none stopped to help people.
Jay uses irony by repeating of the word “scoop” to represent saving the hurricane victims. The reporters are getting a “scoop” to bring the victims to peoples attention making them feel like they deserve a pat on the back as if they are helping and making a difference, however they are trying to save the victims while staying safe in their warm and dry helicopters showing that they are not willing to really try to help because it would be inconvenient for them, therefor the only things they are helping are their own careers (their careers will benefit from a major story like live coverage of the damage done by the hurricane). Jay is proposing that the simplest sollution for real results would be actually “scoop"ing them up and flying them to safety.
This line is more largely a social commentary pointing out the racism and class discrimination of the white or wealthy people preferring to half-assedly attempt to help the black or poor people however they end up only helping themselves which only fuels the cause and effect of he discrimination that Jay refers to in the previous lines.
Jay also uses the word scoop for imagery, alluding to pulling something out of liquid, or in this case someone out of water.
Jay refers to the “telescopic lens” to create a sense of distance, further proving that America is not willing to actually get into the danger to help the hurricane victims but instead keep a safe distance and act like they really care.
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