- The bottom line on all this seems to be
- that this isnâ€™t new news – except for those who want it to be and
- the media continues to get the facts wrong as it relates to the timeline on who said what – and when they said it.
Sis was referring to the:
â€™secureâ€™ (hah!) goverment tape as well as seven days of transcripts obtained by the AP show disaster officials warning the President and Homeland Security head honcho Michael Chertoff about the very serious threat Hurricane Katrina posed to New Orleans.
It ought not be a surprise that the media are going to look for stories they can use to trash President Bush. As Sis noted, Powerline and Wizbang and Patterico and Dafydd ab Hugh all do good jobs explaining why this story is a non-story; I certainly don’t need to try to do it further.
Rather, my question is: why are the media so willing to print this kind of fluff, non-story (as though President Bush could have done anything about the levees a week before the hurricane hit, when the Corps of Engineers were still in the middle of a multi-year study on how to strengthen the levees), but are so steadfastly ignoring the Able Danger story, one which carries huge implications for how we conduct the war against Islamic fascism?
Is Able Danger real, or it some sort of conspiracy theory fantasy? The fact is that we don’t know yet; there is increasing evidence that it is real (the Able Danger blog being the best source for that information), but no one among the so-called mainstream media, other than Keith Phucas (who does a lot of hard work, but is placed at a fairly small newspaper, the Norristown, Pennsylvania Times-Herald,) is trying to find out if it’s real or a whack-job fantasy.
It wasn’t that long ago that journalists (real journalists, a nearly extinct species) would have dug into that story, and let the chips fall where they may. Now it seems that today’s journalists are either too lazy to do the work, or are more concerned with where the chips might fall if they do dig very deeply.
Update: Friday, 3 March 2006 — I wonder how much attention the MSM will give to this?
After all, if it’s somehow Big News that the President was warned that the levees might not hold, wouldn’t it be similarly Big News that the Governess of Louisiana told him they had withstood the hurricane?