Friday, September 02, 2005

Real Journalism Breaks Out

A remarkable thing is beginning to happen. The mainstream media are beginning to cut through spin and are holding politicians accountable for the poor response to the disaster in New Orleans.

The day after Katrina struck, I was struck by the fact that Haley Barbour and other Republicans were praising FEMA and Bush for their quick response. I noticed it because I thought it was odd that Bush should be praised for doing his job. It turns out the praise was undeserved.

Just yesterday as Mary Landrieu was praising Bush and Cat-killer Frist, Anderson Cooper interrupted to point out that he had seen dead bodies being eaten by rats in the streets.

Crooks and Liars has the video clip and Think Progress has the transcript (excerpt below):
Senator, I am sorry for the last four days, I have been seeing dead bodies here in the streets of Mississippi and to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other I have to tell you, there are people here who are very upset and angry, and when they hear politicians thanking one another, it just, you know, it cuts them the wrong way right now, because there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman has been laying in the street for 48 hours, and there is not enough facilities to get her up. Do you understand that anger?
Anderson Cooper, a real journalist, was angry and allowed it to show.

The Congress finally decided to take action today (5 days into the disaster). Hastert couldn't actually get back to the capitol because he had a fund raiser to attend [well, he's got priorities you know] but remember how fast he got back to the capitol to pass legislation to thwart Terri Schiavo's husband's attempt to remove her feeding tube? If you don't recall, let me remind you that Hastert and minions returned from vacation the very next day.

To find the true character of a person ignore their words and look at their actions.