Sing a song of Katrina
and Mr. Snitch! has come up with a good one:
Cop alarms rang out in the bayou night
Enter Raymond Nagin from the City Hall.
He sees New Orleans washed away in the flood,
Cries out, “My God, Bush killed them all!”
Here comes the story of the Hurricane,
Now watch the authorities try to blame
Each other, for what they should have done.
It’s Hiroshima now, but one time it could-a been
The crossroads of the world
You gotta read the rest of his lyrics.
Ben Stein has More on Katrina (article sent by Maria, who I can’t thank enough):
What is the real story of Katrina is (I suggest) not so much that nature wrought fury on land, water, people, property, and animals, not at all anything about racism, not much about federal government incompetence. The real story is that the mainstream media rioted.
They used the storm and its attendant sorrows to continue their endless attack on George W. Bush. Wildly inflated stories about the number of dead and missing, totally made up old wives’ tales of racism, breathless accounts of Bush’s neglect that are utterly devoid of truth and of historical context — this is what the mainstream media gave us. The use of floating corpses, of horror stories of plagues, the sad faces of refugees, the long-faced phony accusations of intentional neglect and racism — anything is grist for the media’s endless attempts to undermine the electorate’s choice last November. It is sad, but true that the media will use even the most heart breaking truths — and then add total inventions — to try to weaken and then evict from office a man who has done nothing wrong, but has instead turned himself inside out to help the real victims.
And it’s not just the American media.
Related post and discussion at Roger L. Simon‘s:
It is the media too that fanned the flames of partisanship here, looking to assign blame before anyone could possibly understand what was happening. They are an increasingly reactionary force in our society, driving people toward partisan reactions and further and further from the ability to reason with each other. People like Nancy Pelosi, screeching for the head of the President during a natural disaster, are essentially creatures of the media. They are nothing more.
Kevin P, commenting at Roger’s said that, to the media,
A story is not who, what and where, it’s waddya think about it?
And, for the Oprahfied, how/what do you feel about it.