9/27/2005

Presstitutes: Who You Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes?

Who You Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes?

Rightwingers' New Line: "MSM" Made Katrina Aftermath Up

Amazing, isn't it, how rightwingers actually believe their own "liberal media" hogwash. Here's The Corner: "So we now have two major reports -- one on the New Orleans Times Picayune website and the other in the L.A. Times -- about the way in which the major media spread all sorts of hysteria about the conditions inside flooded New Orleans."

Here's the money quote from one of the articles rightwing bloggers are relying on to prove that the media spread 'hysteria' in Katrina's wake: "Inside the Convention Center, the rumors of widespread violence have proved hard to substantiate, as well, though the masses of evacuees endured terrifying and inhumane conditions."

"Terrifying and inhumane conditions" that were real, and that we witnessed in the days after the storm hit and while Condi was shopping for shoes, Cheney was shopping for a house, and Bush was shopping for a clue.

UPDATE: Just finished reading the other piece (this one from the L.A. Times) that has rightwing bloggers and Drudge breathlessly announcing that what we all saw with our own eyes in New Orleans was a media fabrication.

What this article does is set up a series of straw men and knock them down. Sample: "The wild rumors filled the vacuum and seemed to gain credence with each retelling — that an infant's body had been found in a trash can, that sharks from Lake Pontchartrain were swimming through the business district, that hundreds of bodies had been stacked in the Superdome basement."

But it wasn't those tall tales that had everyone up in arms. Americans were enraged that evacuees were left hopeless, homeless, hungry, thirsty, and without adequate medical attention for so long in the heart of a major American city. And this, four years after 9/11 and in full view of terrorists who now know we’re woefully unprepared when it comes to a domestic disaster of this magnitude.

Presstitutes: Who You Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes?

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