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Hurricane Katrina and Anti-Americanism; Listen to Nancy Pelosi!

According to Media Matters for America, the media has ignored and largely misrepresented Nancy Pelosi’s accusations against FEMA and the Bush administration broadcast on the September 7 CBS Evening News:
PELOSI: When I said to the president that he should fire Michael Brown, he said, “Why would I do that?” I said, “Because of all that went wrong, with all that didn’t go right last week.” And he said, “What didn’t go right?” Oblivious, in denial, dangerous.

Pelosi (D-CA) pegged Michael Brown of FEMA, formerly a judge in horse shows as incompetent in the Sept. 6San Francisco Chronicle.

Nicholas D. Kristoff writes in the Sept. 6 International Herald-Tribune:
“It’s not just that funds may have gone to Iraq rather than to the levees in New Orleans; it’s also that money went to tax cuts for the wealthiest rather than vaccinations for children.”

Roger Cohen writes “You can count the American image as a major casualty of Hurricane Katrina” in the International Herald-Tribune.

Julia Gronnevet discovers how the world is reporting Hurricane Katrina in the American Prospect.

Mark Steyn levels anti-Americanism in the fact of mother nature in his September 7 editorial in the Washington Times, “Sniping and Griping.”

Harold Meyerson labels the administration with the Rumsfeldism “Stuff Happens” Rumsfeldism

Jim Hoagland helps define anti-Bushism as being separate from anti-Americanism in the Sept. 7 Washington Post. “Katrina could yet hold a political silver lining if the disaster reminds both Bush and his harshest critics that America’s role in the world is not defined just by the personalities and policies of the current occupants of the White House.”

Murdoch’s New York Post blasts FEMA in two places today.

Finally, the Polls:

Bush: Disaster
Zogby today came out with a poll insinuating that the public would rather have Jimmy Carter in office right now. The bottom line is Bush gets 41% approval rating.

According to Gallup, 42% thought Bush’s response was terrible, yet 35% thought that it was good or great.

In CNN/USA Today‘s poll, 56% of the respondents felt New Orleans was devastated beyond repair (though 63% think it should be rebuilt), and nearly all thought it was the worst natural disaster to occur in the United States in their lifetime.

FEMA and Bush bans all Hurricane Katrina casualty photos – tightens noose on media

FEMA is blocking the press from taking and publishing any photos of the dead.

NOW, Bob Brigham reports that the media is BANNING all media from entering New Orleans!

Thanks to AmericaBlog for breaking this

September 4, 2005 – Reports continue that communications in and around New Orleans are being purposely jammed (and severed) by the US government (see Sep. 2 article below). The jamming is having an adverse impact on emergency, disaster recovery, and news media communications. The jamming is even affecting police radio frequencies in Jefferson Parish, according to an Australian news report. The President of Jefferson Parish Aaron Broussard told Meet the Press today that FEMA cut his parish’s emergency communications lines and he had to have his sheriff restore the severed lines and post armed deputies to ensure that FEMA did not try to cut the communications lines again. Broussard’s statement: “Yesterday–yesterday–FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, ‘No one is getting near these lines.’”

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/

Is the Media being critical enough?

Scott McLellan today suggested that the buck stops with President Bush, inferring that he is to be held responsible for what “went wrong and what went right.” Additionally, Gen Richard Myers suggested that most papers on Tuesday said something to the extent of “New Orleans dodged a bullet,” when in fact, many blogs prove otherwise, as can be seen on the plethora of front pages crying, “devastation… catastrophe, etc” at Newseum

Its easy for bloggers and anyone in the media to point out these inaccuracies, but how can we effectively criticize without partaking in a silly blame game?

The Katrina issue revolves primarily around race and how the federal government chooses to be ignorant of those who are poor. Its not a black / white thing, its a rich/poor thing. Right Barbara Bush? Right, 14-year old Jamaican observer?
Several musings over the weekend regarding the media’s general outrage and uprising in the face of bureaucratic ignorance and indifference. Howard Kurtz writes in the Washington Post that “Journalism seems to have recovered its reason for being.”

From situations worsening…. to outrage at the response… The New York Times on the pendulum of reporting the disaster.

Still, Ariana Huffington begs the Times to “stop enabling the White House Blame game!

Steve Zunes, of “Foreign Policy in Focus,” hopes to read more criticism tying the Katrina response to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Christopher Hitchens thinks otherwise in Slate.

Stories in America is with me when I wonder: Shouldn’t other members of the media be advocating the impact poverty and race has had on the Katrina situation? Oprah exposes quite a bit of what is really happening her show. catch the video.

Kanye West goes off – and is censored on the West Coast!

Kanye says “Bush doesn’t care about black people” aside Mike Meyers in this segment on NBC’s Katrina fundraising extravaganza. But they censored him on the later West Coast broadcasts! And he’s the one who just last week called for all rappers to stop criticizing gays.

Nothing wrong with standing up for what’s right, but where are the real voices who can step on what’s wrong and bring more money (read: prospect for change) to the cause?

Most compelling Hurricane related websites

Wikipedia is the most concentrated constantly evolving resource on Katrina and her aftermath. They also have a database of live streaming audio and video from the area.

I had a spat of addictively refreshing the well administered NOLA call for help blog

The Hurricane is captured live on video in this stunningly graphic and dramatic video that I’ve only seen on WLBT, Jackson Mississippi’s NBC affiliate.

A good database of Hurricane Katrina related links is at the Online Journalism Review.

Other good blogging and commentary has been seen at AMERICAblog, Crooks and Liars, MediaBistro, and Technorati will hook you up with about anything.