Wednesday, September 14, 2005

As you may already know, President Bush has taken responsibility for the sluggish response of the federal government in the wake of the Katrina disaster. When I looked around this morning for a story detailing the "apology," there was a surprising lack of material on the glorified event, which has mostly been buried on the mainstream media web sites. Why is that?

Here's why. In order to avoid perhaps the most obvious media bias in recent history, the mainstream press has actually downplayed Bush's "acknowledgement of responsibility" to avoid turning the camera to the most guilty parties in this fiasco--Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco.

And their guilt is a whole hell of a lot more obvious than Bush's. Nagin had a disaster plan that he didn't even follow--leading to the deaths of dozens of people in hospitals and nursing homes--as thousands of buses sat underwater. He even let an outbound Amtrak train leave without any passengers one night before the hurricane struck; when Amtrak had offered to evacuate a few hundred residents, the mayor's office refused. Blanco dilly-dallied for two days after the hurrican hit before calling in the National Guard, causing a huge delay that facilitated much of the looting and criminal conduct that followed. As you may not know from reading the press accounts, only the governor can call the National Guard into her state.

But these obvious mistakes are of no interest to the liberals in the media, who were (and remain) too focused on the national government's shortcomings to care. When it became obvious that the Democrat-dominated local government was woefully inept, perhaps more inept than its federal counterpart, the media decided that blame just wasn't that important, anyway.

Mayor Nagin, who recently purchased a house in Dallas and enrolled his children in school there, apparently understands that one day he may take the blame for some of this. But if I were advising him, I'd tell him he has nothing to worry about, so long as a Republican was in the White House when the bad thing happened.

And one was.
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