Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I guess it takes a while for the truth to come out

I'll expect a full apology from all the House and Senate Democrats--or Not.

Remember the dozens, maybe hundreds, of rapes, murders, stabbings and deaths resulting from official neglect at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina? The ones that never happened, as even the national media later admitted?

Sure, we all remember the original reporting, if not the back-pedaling.

Here's another one: Do you remember the dramatic TV footage of National Guard helicopters landing at the Superdome as soon as Katrina passed, dropping off tens of thousands saved from certain death? The corpsmen running with stretchers, in an echo of M*A*S*H, carrying the survivors to ambulances and the medical center? About how the operation, which also included the Coast Guard, regular military units, and local first responders, continued for more than a week?

Me neither. Except that it did happen, and got at best an occasional, parenthetical mention in the national media. The National Guard had its headquarters for Katrina, not just a few peacekeeping troops, in what the media portrayed as the pit of Hell. Hell was one of the safest places to be in New Orleans, smelly as it was. The situation was always under control, not surprisingly because the people in control were always there.

"TV of the Superdome was perplexing to most folks," Thompson said. "You had them playing the tapes of the same incidents over and over, it tends to bias your thinking some, you tend to think it's worse than it really is." Official estimates at this point suggest the Guard, working from the Dome, saved 17,000 by air and uncounted thousands more by boat.

Let's try that again: The cavalry wasn't late. It didn't arrive on Thursday smoking a cigar and cussing. It was there all along

Read the rest. It's scary. If the press can't get it right when it's in our own country, right in our back yard, can we really trust them in Iraq? I know what my answer is. What explains the reporters apparent disconnect with reality? And what explains the Lefts immediately following them blindly down a road to nowhere? At least it's nowhere that I want to go.

I suppose we should also ask how, exactly were those Nat. Guard troops in the Dome. Nagin didn't order them there. Blanco didn't order them there. How were they there? Under what authority? Well, my guess is that the Pres. has some orders predated(there has already been rumblings of this in regards to the original deployment) and had them there. Then when the media shit storm broke loose, the administration couldn't really tout it because it was, well, a creative way to get things done. I can't imagine how patient the people at the top must be to just sit there and take it from people who have absolutely no clue about what's happening.