Preach on Howardposted by Rob at 8:49 AM
A week ago I expressed surprise at the media's surprise that there are poor people in New Orleans. Today, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz joins the bandwagon with plenty of examples, including a database search of the Washington Post archives which found:
one story that prominently mentioned the poor of New Orleans: a 2002 piece on a campaign to boost the minimum wage that cited the city's "40 percent poverty level." Far more typical of the Mardi Gras media was a 1995 Post story on how "the city's black neighborhoods come alive" with Sunday parades in the fall.Somewhat buried in Kurtz's piece is the coal for the John Edwards 2008 presidential engine - his popular "Two Americas" theme he ran into the ground in 2004.
Now That's Progress suggests that "It may be that more high-profile people like John Edwards need to be out there making this an issue, because only those with a strong voice in this country can call attention to the voiceless."
Okay, John. You caught the punt. Let's see how far you can run with it. This is a pretty good first step:
Edwards said Bush's plan to deposit cash assistance into victims' bank accounts shows that the president fails to understand the plight of the nation's poor.UPDATE: Thanks Professor!
"News bulletin, Mr. President. They don't have bank accounts," Edwards said.