Thursday, September 08, 2005

Blame Game heats up

posted by Rob at 8:17 AM

CNN has a report up on its latest poll on Katrina. It involves 609 adults polled by telephone September 5-6 (emphasis mine):
Respondents also disagreed widely on who is to blame for the problems in the city following the hurricane - 13 percent said Bush, 18 percent said federal agencies, 25 percent blamed state or local officials and 38 percent said no one is to blame. And 63 percent said they do not believe anyone at federal agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be fired as a result.
I saw on CBS's morning program that they have a poll out which really lays into Bush. I don't remember its specifics and have yet to find a story on the poll at

Over at, they didn't poll random people for an answer. It spoke to "experts":
But experts say when natural disasters strike, it is the primary responsibility of state and local governments — not the federal government — to respond.

New Orleans' own comprehensive emergency plan raises the specter of "having large numbers of people … stranded" and promises "the city … will utilize all available resources to quickly and safely evacuate threatened areas."

"Special arrangements will be made to evacuate persons unable to transport themselves," the plan states.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, however, that plan was not followed completely.

Meanwhile, Howard Dean is now joining the small but growing ranks of the race-card playing fringe.

"We must ... come to terms with the ugly truth that skin color, age and economics played a deadly role in who survived and who did not," Dean said.

Dean said Americans have a moral responsibility to not ignore the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Katrina when it struck the Gulf Coast.

Well Gov. Dean. They're not. From the Red Cross:
As of Sept. 7, 2005, it has received $485 million in gifts and pledges for the hurricane relief effort, $251 million of which has been received online.
You can click here for more stories of Americans fulfilling their "moral responsibility" before Dean said they should.

While I fully support this wonderfully named website, I did catch a bit of his show last night. I can't find a transcript of it yet, but one segment with two black guests focused on the race-baiting surrounding Katrina. One of the guests was an editor with Amsterdam News, a conspiratist in the mold of Kayne West. The other guest was a columnist.

Bill made the editor look clueless, foolish and full of hate. She really was misinformed and ignorant. If the transcript ever appears online, I'll post it.


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9:05 AM, September 08, 2005  

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