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September 3, 2005

Katrina Cover Contrast

This morning New Yorkers are being treated to a stark contrast in Katrina coverage. Here's what the left-leaning New York Daily News deems it appropriate to shout:


Here's the conservative New York Post:


Given that spin seems pretty much inevitable these days, would you rather have spin intended to lift our spirits and instill a positive, constructive attitude? Or spin geared toward making the situation worse in order to wallow in America-bashing and in hopes of scoring cheap political points?

A similar comparison has been made at The Rail regarding CNN and Fox News.

Posted by Van Helsing at September 3, 2005 11:10 AM


Would you rather have spin intended to lift our spirits and instill a positive, constructive attitude? Or spin geared toward making the situation worse in order to wallow in America-bashing and in hopes of scoring cheap political points?

I guess the answer depends on whether I was motivated more toward helping people, or toward irrationally hating people.

Also whether or not I was realistic about the limits to government power, capabilities, and how the emergency relief system functioned or whether I thought government was magical and capable of fixing every problem yesterday so long as the right man was in charge.

Posted by: V the K at September 3, 2005 12:11 PM

It doesn't lift anybody's spirits to see another photo-op for Bush. Riding in on your golden calf after the fact is so transparent.

Why is it that when the government is accused of any mismanagement or irresponsibility, you folks stand up to be counted as obedient servants of bullshit? If something is wrong, it's wrong, regardless of political affiliation. You are called non-thinkers because you can never seem to see past your party defense system.

Posted by: Rob B. at September 3, 2005 1:31 PM

You are called non-thinkers because you can never seem to see past your party defense system.

Project much?

Posted by: V the K at September 3, 2005 1:35 PM

Face it, Robbie. What you lefties hate is that your talking points don't go unchallenged. You wanted to smear Bush for "cutting funding" to the levees. That was blown away. You wanted to fault him for not sending in troops and relief immediately. Then, some "non-thinking" right winger pointed out that 1.) states have to request federal resources and 2.) Everything in New Orleans that wasn't flooded was covered in debris. It would have done a whole lot of good to send planes to land on flooded out runways, trucks in on flooded roads, or let the downwash from relief helicoptes blow broken glass and debris into the flesh of survivors and rescue teams.

It's like with Cindy Sheehan. You on the left wanted to hold her up as a paragon of motherly virtue and righteous anger, and the movement around her as a spontaneous event. You got furious when Mother Moonbat was exposed as a ranting, anti-American, anti-Jewish nutcase. You got almost as angry when the 'spontaneous' peace movement was revealed to be a carefully choreographed media event.

You just can't stand the fact that your sides lies are so consistently exposed.

Posted by: V the K at September 3, 2005 3:30 PM

Posted by: V the K at September 3, 2005 8:10 PM

To answer your question, which was essentially do I want a warm, fuzzy spin that'll make me feel good and tingly, or a dark, negative, anti-American, cheap, let's-score-political-points one that'll only make things worse...

I think I'd choose the spin closest to the truth. That's how I prefer my news.

In which case, The Daily News trounces The Post based on those headlines.

You bet this nation should be ashamed by its response to this disaster; it's in defensible, and anyone who tries to defend it is a dupe at best, or a cynical, predictable right-wing stooge at worst.

And the almost ludicrous "I'll Fix It" over Bush's mug is about as dishonest as you can get. Bush'll fix it? Fine, get him a hammer and some nails. Lord knows he doesn't have the $100 billion he'll need to pay for contractors to fix it. He spent that money chasing shadows in Iraq while terrorists run free.

Oh, he'll fix it. Just like he's fixed everything else in this gutted, bankrupted nation.

Posted by: uao at September 3, 2005 10:12 PM

The travesty is that "spin" has become part of news making. How about just getting the damn facts out... facts clean and clear of the bullshit that's added by the press core to either increase ratings or push a political agenda. Interestingly, I've seen FOX savage all levels of government, and at the same time give praise where praise is due. The rest of the MSM seems bent on making political hay for the Dems. That is why FOX is drawing ever more viewers, because FOX goes after Bush, or anyone else, when it has "facts" that strongly suggest it is in the right. But, like the rest, FOX still goes for the sensational, often at the expense of solid facts.

I gotta say though, that the Moonbat Guano being piled up in caves across the world this past week has reached record levels. No other country on earth could have pulled off the logistics to perform a rescue of this magnitude. When one considers the enorimity of the task at hand, a literal technological and organizational miracle is being performed... but what do we hear... doom, finger-pointing, and blame. Save that for the Congressional Committees which are sure to investigate later.

And, ignore the Moonbat who insist on telling us that efforts being put forth could actually defy the laws of physics. They've got so little to scream at, they are now literally trying to defy natural laws, like physics, in their fantasies of how a better rescue could've taken place. There is only so much can be done in so little time. Thank god it wasn't the EU, or the UN, or my own Canadians, who were doing the rescueing.

Posted by: Debris Trail at September 3, 2005 11:09 PM

To their credit, the Washington Post actually gets some of it right: Via LGF: Washington Post: Blanco Refused to Act

Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state’s emergency operations center said Saturday.

The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state suspected a political motive behind the request. “Quite frankly, if they’d been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals,” said the source, who does not have the authority to speak publicly.

That last part could be borderline moonbattery... fear that the evil Bush administration would botch the evacuation and relief and blame it on the locals to discredit the state's Democratic leadership. (Or, it could just be knowledge of the way the Feds usually handle things.) So, instead, the locals botched everything and tried to blame the Bush administration.

Posted by: V the K at September 4, 2005 10:36 AM

When looking at those two cover photos the question comes to mind, who's trying to unite and who's trying to divide?

Posted by: iopian at September 4, 2005 12:19 PM

Thanks V the K for sharing the Wash Post story. I linked back to you and Moonbattery here:

We may see additional stories like this in the days to come, and I hope you folks will keep passing them along.

I wonder if we will get more info about what happend BEFORE the hurricane?

Posted by: Mike on Hilton Head Island at September 4, 2005 2:42 PM

The feds ask Blanco to let them take control, and she says "No...too similar to martial law."

Fine. She refuses federal intervention.

After the feces hits the fan, she says "The feds were too slow to respond!"

In other words, the feds' biggest mistake was...listening to her?


Posted by: Jonathan at September 4, 2005 8:34 PM

At the top of this later article, you will see a correction noting that Blanco did indeed declare a state of emergency on Aug 26.

Posted by: Doug at September 10, 2005 12:57 PM