Bad media! BAD! NO COOKIE!
The Doughy Pantload Jonah Goldberg waxed lyrical yesterday on the failures inolved in the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
The failures, of course, being primarily of the news media:
This barely captures how badly the press bungled Katrina coverage. Keep in mind that the most horrifying tales of woe that captivated the press and prompted news anchors to scream—quite literally—at federal officials occurred within the safe zone around the Superdome where the press was operating. Shame on local officials for fomenting fear and passing along newly minted urban legends, but double shame on the press for recycling this stuff uncritically.
Well, of course, at the time Jonah wasn't doing a great job either, making "humorous" comments like this:
ATTN: SUPERDOME RESIDENTS [Jonah Goldberg]
I think it's time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within the next few hours.
Which of course then said was just a joke and how could we be so insensitive as to take him seriously and he was kidding and the liberals are the REAL hateful ones and yadda yadda ack gag spew. The typical Repug routine, in other words, so well honed lately by the insectoid Ann Coulter.
Back to yesterday's column. Jonah thinks that sure, the government isn't blameless in this, heck, but
if we’re looking for poster children for arrogant incompetence in response to Katrina, there are better candidates than George W. Bush.
Oh, you mean like this?
George Bush on August 30th, as martial law was being imposed in New Orleans and the levees were starting to give way
No, Jonah, you're right. It's ALL THE FAULT OF THE MEDIA, damn them.
(Oh - and the Pantload has this wisdom to impart as well:
In all of Louisiana, not just New Orleans, the total dead from Katrina was roughly 1,500. Blacks did not die disproportionately, nor did the poor. The only group truly singled out in terms of mortality was the elderly. According to a Knight-Ridder study, while only 15 percent of the population of New Orleans was over the age of 60, some 74 percent of the dead were 60 or older, and almost half were older than 75. Blacks were, if anything, slightly underrepresented among the dead given their share of the population.
Well, that's a f*cking relief there, Mr. Pantload. "Only 1500"! Hell, that's only half the number that died in NYC on 9/11, and the racial makeup was pretty even there as well. No, Mr. Jonah, you're a damned idiot, as is your f*cking incompetent Preznit.)