This article is typical of the media’s deceit when it comes to reporting the facts of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Headlined White House, Dems wrangle on Katrina video; Congressional leaders ‘falsely attacking’ Bush, president’s spokesmen say the article goes on to restate all of the Democrats’ falsehoods, while reporting that the White House issued a point-by-point memo refuting the Democrats.
Got that? The article repeats the falsehoods, but doesn’t report the White House’s counterpoints, just that it has some.
The most egregious of the outright lies in the article is this one:
But Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said the video shows that the administration failed to prepare adequately for the possible breach of the levees protecting New Orleans.
“This administration was told what Louisiana already knew: that our federally constructed levees could certainly fail,” she said. “But these concerns, and others made by disaster relief experts, fell on deaf ears.”
So what do you think the very next paragraph in the article is? What do you think is the next paragraph after this outrageous and overblown rhetoric from Landrieu? The White House’s counterpoint? Or perhaps a completely unrelated point that makes the White House look squirrely and defensive? Hmmmm…….
Immediately after the release of the video on Wednesday, the White House and Homeland Security Department urged the public not to read too much into the footage.
When in fact, the White House’s counterpoint relies directly on the footage, which isn’t the least bit ambiguous on this very point. It isn’t just a rhetorical counter based on spin, but instead relies on the videotape itself, which completely refutes Landrieu and proves her to be a liar. To wit:
In August 29th Videoconference, Gov. Kathleen Blanco Told The White House “We Have Not Breached The Levee At This Point In Time.” GOV. BLANCO: “We keep getting reports in some places that maybe water is coming over the levees. … I think we have not breached the levee. We have not breached the levee at this point in time. That could change, but in some places we have floodwaters coming in New Orleans East and the line at St. Bernard Parish where we have waters that are 8- to 10-feet deep, and we have people swimming in there, that’s got a considerable amount of water.”
In fact, as has been reported elsewhere, the word “breach” appears nowhere else in the transcript of the videotape. Not even the spectre of a breach is even suggested, other than the Louisiana Governor’s assurances that the levees had not been breached.
Hack Job is right.