Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Rumors of Pandemonium may have delayed aid.

The news media and officials are finally getting it.

Excerpt of Washington Post article.

Five weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans, some local, state and federal officials have come to believe that exaggerations of mayhem by officials and rumors repeated uncritically in the news media helped slow the response to the disaster and tarnish the image of many of its victims.

Claims of widespread looting, gunfire directed at helicopters and rescuers, homicides, and rapes, including those of "babies" at the Louisiana Superdome, frequently turned out to be overblown, if not completely untrue, officials now say.

The sensational accounts delayed rescue and evacuation efforts already hampered by poor planning and a lack of coordination among local, state and federal agencies.People rushing to the Gulf Coast to fly rescue helicopters or to distribute food, water and other aid steeled themselves for battle. In communities near and far, the seeds were planted that the victims of Katrina should be kept away, or at least handled with extreme caution.

"Steeled themselves for battle? We heard that rescue helicopters were not allowed to fly, that volunteer rescuers in boats were forbidden to attempt to save lives. Not that rescuers just "steeled themselves for battle".

Of course it would fit in with Bush's excuse building even though the rumors of urban warfare and shots at helicopters were false. Oh no, the little boy prince couldn't get people rescured because "those people" were in open rebellion.

But the Washington Post article blames the general news media (and names one that is considered 'liberal' and local officials.

Why don't they blames Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and racists? Thou shalt not speak ill of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh is the 12th commandment used by the news media.

Again I'll repeat, whenever a news story that I read or saw reported some of the rumors, if they showed a picture of those who told them it was a white person (of the few white people at the Superdome the was the source).

English tabloids had their returning tourists that were trapped in the Superdome swearing to all the murders and rapes. It made quite a show in the Murdoch owned and other gossip papers in the UK.

I know the racists. I have to deal with them on the web all the time. Yet, even I had to reserve judgement that there might have been some people so deranged that they would do the kinds of things that were being reported. I think most other Americans also reserved judgement in a kind of aghast disbelief.

But the racists were sure. The racists accepted the rumors as fact. Bush was one of the people who not only accepted the reports as fact, but based a delay on rescuing people on those rumors.

News of Pandemonium May Have Slowed Aid

See more about where the upswing in racism came from at: Katrina Rumors Part Duex


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The author of this site is clearly pissed off that the truth is finally coming out.

6:31 PM  
Blogger BrStarr said...

What truth are you talkin about. I'm in favor of the truth.

The truth that is coming out is that racists made up lies about New Orleans and the evacuees.

Vicious, hatefilled lies only needed by pathetic losers to justify their sorry existance and their refusal to live life honestly.

Those losers are led by Rush Limbaugh and are the same ones who support George Bush.

That is the truth that is coming out.

I'm all in favor of that.

LOL. Apparently, you're not.

12:25 AM  

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