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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Remember Hurricane Katrina

Remember the picture of mayhem and suffering the news media painted, and how wrong that picture really was.

Jonah Goldberg: "Katrina revealed ineptitude—of the press, that is."

... the Katrina [that Democrats] think they remember wasn’t the Katrina that actually took place. In fact, it is difficult to think of a bigger media scandal in my lifetime than the fraudulently inaccurate coverage of Hurricane Katrina. ...

Blacks did not die disproportionately, nor did the poor. The only group truly singled out in terms of mortality was the elderly.

Lou Dolinar, amid extensive detail, gives us this perspective:

Do you remember the dramatic TV footage of National Guard helicopters landing at the Superdome as soon as Katrina passed, dropping off tens of thousands saved from certain death? The corpsmen running with stretchers, in an echo of M*A*S*H, carrying the survivors to ambulances and the medical center? About how the operation, which also included the Coast Guard, regular military units, and local first responders, continued for more than a week?

Me neither. Except that it did happen, and got at best an occasional, parenthetical mention in the national media. The National Guard had its headquarters for Katrina, not just a few peacekeeping troops, in what the media portrayed as the pit of Hell. Hell was one of the safest places to be in New Orleans, smelly as it was. The situation was always under control, not surprisingly because the people in control were always there. ...

Let's try that again: The cavalry wasn't late. It didn't arrive on Thursday smoking a cigar and cussing. It was there all along. ...

Popular Mechanics summarizes the study just completing:

According to IPET’s Draft Final Report, New Orleans’ protections systems were nowhere near ready for the record waves and storm surge caused by Katrina. ...

Government or contractor negligence was not discovered. ...

Hat-tip: Instapundit

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