pepperlandgirl: (Winters Make me a Soldier)
( Sep. 11th, 2005 03:00 pm)
First we have Newsweeks's How Bush Blew It.

he bad news on this early morning, Tuesday, Aug. 30, some 24 hours after Hurricane Katrina had ripped through New Orleans, was that the president would have to cut short his five-week vacation by a couple of days and return to Washington. The president's chief of staff, Andrew Card; his deputy chief of staff, Joe Hagin; his counselor, Dan Bartlett, and his spokesman, Scott McClellan, held a conference call to discuss the question of the president's early return and the delicate task of telling him. Hagin, it was decided, as senior aide on the ground, would do the deed.

I imagine it went something like this.
Hagin: Um, master? Sir? Your Lordship?
BUsh: What do you want?
Hagin: New Orleans is drowning
Bush: *blinks*
Hagin: The levees broke
Bush: *blinks*
Hagin: People are dying right now.
Bush: What are you saying, Haggy?
Hagin: We thing you might...that is...we think it might be a good idea if you, well, you might want to consider cutting your vacation 3 day shorts.
Bush: *narrows eyes* I see.
Hagin: *cowers in corner*

But wait! There's more!

The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett made up a DVD of the newscasts so Bush could see them in their entirety as he flew down to the Gulf Coast the next morning on Air Force One.

Thank god for CNN, huh? Or those poor people would probably all be dead by now.

When Hurricane Katrina struck, it appears there was no one to tell President Bush the plain truth: that the state and local governments had been overwhelmed, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was not up to the job and that the military, the only institution with the resources to cope, couldn't act without a declaration from the president overriding all other authority.

Because the fucker has to be told.

Read the entire article. I don't like some of the tone, but overall, it'll get your blood pumping this afternoon.

We turn our attention now to The Los Angeles Times

What have they got to tell us today? )

We move our attention to The Steady Buildup to a City's Chaos from the WaPo where we learn )

Finally, we go to the New York Times and Breakdowns
marked path from Hurricane to Anarchy

Read more... )

Between these articles and CNN's lawsuit, I'm becoming cautiously optimistic that the media might continue to do their job.


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