I’ve never seen this before. Network anchors and reporters brought to tears and anger while covering a story.
Watching FOX News tonight, Geraldo and Shep Smith were so angry they interupted their show host. Geraldo cussed and cried. Shep butted in on Shaun Hannity, pretty much telling him “I’m telling you the story, you don’t know because you’re not here!”
There is no easy solution to the problems in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. There’s no easy way to rescue these people. No easy answers. There’s more and more finger-pointing toward President Bush and his administration. Anonymous 3 did some pointing earlier here on this blog.
Its easy to call them on it. But there’s no way anyone could have prepared for what is happening. The city of New Orleans is certainly to blame. Everyone knew if a major hurricane hit the city that there would be tens of thousands of people in the exact situation they are in now. The city would be underwater for months. They knew this, but didn’t have a plan to deal with it. They stuck their heads in the sand, whistled past the graveyard every hurricane season, just praying that the worst case scenario would never play out.
The state of Louisiana is to blame too. Where was their plan? Why didn’t they bus these people out before the storm hit? Because they sat back and hoped it would turn in another direction like so many other storms have done.
I don’t believe President Bush or his administration is dragging their heels because the victims we see are black or poor. There’s just no way to get to them quickly.
The President did make a colossal error in judgement today during his made-for-tv news conference with the republican governors. At a time when the world was watching and listening to the President for words of hope, found only words of hope for Senator Trent Lott. “Senator Lott will rebuild a fantastic house and I look forward to sitting on the front porch.”
Glib? Most definately. Poorly worded? You bet. Racist? I certainly hope not.
He and the entire administration and the entire nation have it’s work cut out trying to not only help these people, but to send a message that the reason for the delay has more to do with the difficulty of getting to them than it does with class or race.