Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Another Media Hero

I have found another media hero. In fact, he's a frigging poet. Keith Olbermann on his show last night said:

No one is suggesting that mayors or governors in the afflicted areas, nor the federal government, should be able to stop hurricanes. Lord knows, no one is suggesting that we should ever prioritize levee improvement for a below-sea-level city, ahead of $454 million worth of trophy bridges for the politicians of Alaska.

But, nationally, these are leaders who won re-election last year largely by portraying their opponents as incapable of keeping the country safe. These are leaders who regularly pressure the news media in this country to report the reopening of a school or a power station in Iraq, and defies its citizens not to stand up and cheer. Yet they couldn’t even keep one school or power station from being devastated by infrastructure collapse in New Orleans — even though the government had heard all the “chatter” from the scientists and city planners and hurricane centers and some group whose purposes the government couldn’t quite discern… a group called The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological.

It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water

Via: In the Basement

You can read more at Olbermann's blog


At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely agree.

For a week now, I've beem waiting to hear some real outrage, but never expected to find it on MSNBC. (Bush's spinmeisters being out in full force, setting the terms of the reporting: "fingerpointing" and "the blame game".

Olbermann said just exactly what had to be said. I only hope that it isn't a one-time aberration.


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