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.


The Army Times declares that combat operations are underway on the streets ?to take this city back? in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and a scene not unlike Somalia can be expected.

AP: Army Contractors shot by police

Not Surprisingly, this story has changed to reflect that police didn’t shoot army contractors, but apparently shot “lunatics” that were shooting at the Army. This all as police are there with “shoot and kill” orders for ANYONE with a gun. Interesting.

AP: Contractors shot by police

Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge Sunday, killing five or six, The Associated Press reported.

A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers told AP that the people shot were some of its contractors on their way to repair a canal. The contractors were walking across a bridge on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to fix the 17th Street Canal, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Corps.

Earlier Sunday, New Orleans Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley told the AP that police shot at eight people, killing five or six. The shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

Why Does the Government Lie to Us? – an open thread

We have seen from a distance how the broken promises the Government made to the people of Iraq has led to disaster at home and abroad. Now, we’ve seen a complete breakdown in democracy at our doorstep as the President has stared right into the camera and lied to the public and to the desperate and dying. “The Convention Center has been secured,” he said the other day, which apparently meant that FEMA had finally begun to assist those who were unknowingly (to them) trapped and dying there.

Welcome to those of you who have discovered this new blog. With your help, we can use this thread to digest recent events, lies and distortions, and how the media has acted to broadcast and proliferate these lies.

How can the powerful media and bureaucracy help to restore democracy to our vulnerable citizenry?