Friday, September 02, 2005
CABLE NEWS MEDIA PILES ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; LEAVES CITY AND STATE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE NEW ORLEANS STORY
The cable news media on Thursday night focused on actions of the federal government while ignoring the abdication and capitulation of city and state governments in New Orleans
Cable news types like MSNBC'S Keith Olbermann and CNN'S Aaron Brown and Larry King bored in on what the federal government was doing in response to the New Orleans Flood that started on Tuesday. Never were questions asked about the first line of defense, planning on the city government's part, nor asked about the best use of local resources, the state government.
The way the tv anchors were asking questions you would think that President Bush is serving roles of mayor, governor and commander-in-chief all rolled into one.
AARON BROWN: ADMINISTRATION DOESN'T CARE AS MUCH AS WE DO
McINTRYE: And as to your question about political, I talked to a lot of people at the Pentagon today who were very frustrated about the fact that the perception was being created that the military didn't move fast enough. And they did it somewhat as political. They thought that part of the motivation was the critics of the administration to make the president look bad.
And they seemed to question the motives of some of our reporters who were out there and hearing these stories from the victims about why they had so much sympathy for the victims, and not as much sympathy for the challenges that the government met in meeting this challenge.
And I have to say thinking about that, it doesn't really seem all that unusual that you would tend to understand the plight of the victims a little more than the bureaucrats in Washington.
BROWN: Yes, I mean, I'm glad you told us that. And they have every right to believe they believe and think the way they think. I mean, and I mean that. But you've got people who have been living as refugees. It is not hard to understand why our first heart beat goes in their direction. We'll worry about the bureaucrats later.
LARRY KING: WHAT'S UP WITH THE FEDS?
KING: We'll be calling on you a lot, Senator Frist. We appreciate it. One other thing, any comment on what Jesse Jackson said about equipment and men that are in Iraq that could have helped here?
KEITH OLBERMANN: FORGET ABOUT LOCAL CONTROL, WHERE IS BUSH?
OLBERMANN: And for the future, once they get the people out, once they get the water out, could it be years before New Orleans can again be fully habitable? Will the city need to be decontaminated?
And where is the federal government?