Monday, September 05, 2005

First- Fire Michael Brown
Read the Times Picayune's open letter urging this action. An excerpt:

It was clear to us by late morning Monday that many people inside the Superdome would not be returning home. It should have been clear to our government, Mr. President. So why weren’t they evacuated out of the city immediately? We learned seven years ago, when Hurricane Georges threatened, that the Dome isn’t suitable as a long-term shelter. So what did state and national officials think would happen to tens of thousands of people trapped inside with no air conditioning, overflowing toilets and dwindling amounts of food, water and other essentials?

State Rep. Karen Carter was right Friday when she said the city didn’t have but two urgent needs: "Buses! And gas!" Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially.

In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn’t known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, "We’ve provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they’ve gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day."

Lies don’t get more bald-faced than that, Mr. President.

Yet, when you met with Mr. Brown Friday morning, you told him, "You’re doing a heck of a job."

That’s unbelievable.

I'm no Michael Moore fan, but he's hosted an excerpt from Meet the Press on Sunday that you owe it to yourself to watch. Equally heartbreaking and infuriating.

Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo rightly highlights WaPo and NY Times stories that both bring up an interesting fact regarding the ridiculously delayed White House response. Hint: Where was Nicole Devinish? Who was with her?

David Carr with an insightful piece in the New York Times on how the media has largely found its footing with recent coverage. I especially liked Anderson Cooper's outrage last week when talking to Mary Landrieu:

In a story where the line between perpetrator and victim is sliced razor thin, tempers are bound to fray. Anderson Cooper, CNN's bright young thing who had made fun of hurricane reporting in the past, found himself in the thick of it on Thursday and lashed back in what was supposed to be an interview with Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana.

"I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi," he said. "And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated."

For some context, Landrieu spent a good portion of the first part of the interview doing the typical verbal gladhanding that a politician would do at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new civic center-- certainly not in the middle of a war zone.

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