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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Katrina coverage

I've been watching a lot of coverage of Katrina. It's one of the most unbelievable scenes I've ever seen. My brother is in the National Guard and he was deployed to New Orleans today. I'm very proud of him and so thankful that he can go down there to help. I called Governor Romney and put our name on a list of possible housing for the evacuees. Timmy still isn't interested in the idea, but I thought I would at least leave the option open. If I got a call and couldn't help, I bet I could find a church friend who would do it in my place.

As for some of the media coverage, I've been watching CNN, which I rarely ever do. The liberal bias from it is disgusting. CNN spent the entire day on Thursday Bush bashing. For instance: It did this entire piece about how the victims are not "looting" but instead are just looking for for food and water to survive. At the end of that piece it cut to Bush saying that we will not tolerate looting. It made him look like a very heartless, racist leader. But let's look at the other side of that argument. First of all, no one thinks that people should be prosecuted for taking food, water, medicine, etc. But the reality is that there was some major lawlessness going on this past week. There were rapes, open firing of guns, hospitals being raided for their oxycontin, intimidation, and yes, just plain old looting. I agree with the president that order should be maintained. This is America. We are not a lawless land. We will enforce order as soon as we can.

I also have been watching Fox News - a more conservative news cast whose motto is: "We report, you decide". They also wanted to find out what went wrong. Don't we all want to know that? And it seemed pretty clear that the problem fell in the preparation. That made sense to me. This area of the country had five days to prepare for the storm. Obviously it wasn't taken seriously enough and more planning needed to be done. The governor of Louisiana should have had the area declared a disaster before-hand and had much more troops on hand to handle the city. There also didn't seem to be any decent disaster plans. NYC handled Sept. 11th well because of their preparation, and if you think about it, there were no disaster plans for collapsing buildings. Louisiana leaders have no excuses. They KNEW a hurricane would someday hit their land hard.

All that being said, we can all agree that our efforts need to be focused on getting to work, not bickering.

2 Comments:

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger Ben Meyer said…

    I am sorry, but Fox News is not news. Most people think Fox news is a joke. It should be treated a little better then the daily show. If you search on google you will find sites with lots more details such as this one Why fox news is a joke. After several years of watching NBC and being shocked at the lack of real reporting I can not recommend it either. At the end of the day you can't rely upon any one source especially the top TV stations that censor way too much. The online news source seem to be the best right now. Sites such as news.google.com that show lots of different news sources are the best there is right now.

     
  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger Bruce said…

    To quote from "Why fox news is a joke."

    >>Over the centuries, however, the term conservative has changed quite a bit and now has transformed into political party focused on American superpower dominance, a corporate-controlled economy and Judeo-Christian ideals. The Heritage Foundation think tank states that conservative means to promote "the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."<<

    Any one of the three are terrible in the eyes of libertarians, also known as "most people" of the blue states.

    Ben is right regarding not relying too much on only one source. I dunno--freedom, limited government, national defense, Judeo-Christian values--what's the problem? Or better, What's the alternative?

     

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