Friday, September 02, 2005

Clinton backs up Bush

posted by Rob at 8:25 AM

Interesting read over at the Captain's Quarters.

CNN had done some remarkable reporting, as has the rest of the networks. The only real weak spot among the crew is MSNBC's Chris Matthews (just read this and this.

Eventually - if not already - the blame game will start. CNN - and its peers - will do its best to make news by ramming a verbal broom stick up some arses.

When CNN shines is when it simply tells the story. It does a public service when it calls bullsh*t to politicians now in power offering excuses rather than working to get two former politicians to admit Bush sucks.

TVNewser has two examples of what I mean. Hats off to Anderson Cooper:

LANDRIEU: Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard -- maybe you all have announced it -- but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating.

COOPER: Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated.

And when they hear politicians slap -- you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up.

TVNewser also notes this CNN report:
CNN right now is showing split-screen of Michael Chertoff mouthing platitudes about how the government "totally understands" the pain of people hunkering down on their roofs, etc., but that they have to follow procedures and priorities in getting to them, and on the other side, footage of the crowds of families and children at the convention center chanting 'We want help! We want help!'

Kyra Phillips anchoring has almost lost it, as one of the reporters brought in this footage, which includes more than one or two bodies of people who have died at the convention center waiting for help that isn't coming.


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