Monday, September 05, 2005
( 10:14 AM )
When You Can't Embed them...
It has been fascinating to see normally big-media, corporate reporters become radicalized as they report from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Even Sheppard Smith of Fox News has lost it several times, yelling the truth to the unhearing ears of his newsroom compatriots back on the East Coast. What happens when you can't control the comings and goings of reporters is that the truth gets out, and reporters and viewers are finding that out. One wonders what we might have learned from Iraq the last 3 years if this same ability to truly report had been present.
Shamefully, the administration is still attempting to fake it. There appears to be a great discrepancy between what CNN reported in the now well-known exchange between President Bush and a refugee in Biloxi where she begs for help and he directs her to a food distribution center and then an aide comments that it "no longer exists." The confusion of the woman and Bush were evidently genuine - German reporter on the scene reports that Bush's earlier visit to the shelter/distribution center was completely staged and once he left and news crews departed, the fake center was torn down.
ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.
The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.
The depth of crimes against humanity this administration has committed this last week is unfathomable.
For ongoing and very excellent coverage and comment, I recommend Wonkette.