Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Where's the Right-Wing Media Culpa?

As I mentioned below, the right-wing media are having a Grand Old time pointing out that many of the horror stories from the Katrina aftermath were exaggerations. Drudge has it as his lead story right now, complete with fancy-schmancy photo illustration and all.

The only problem is that while the Satan-spawn liberal media were bandwagoning on the anti-Bush blame game, the same gloating right-wingers who are currently affixing halos to their heads were using the exact same exaggerated information to justify their attacks on poor blacks and on the idea of liberalism itself.

Here's a link article I wrote about Rush on a typical rant about those bastard commies down in New Orleans. The right-wing NewsMax had a few gems as well, such as "Rescuers: Katrina Death Toll Boosted by Violence" and "The Real Racists," both of which rely heavily on information that is now under attack—by them.

Then we have the esteemed pre-Pre-Cambrian paleo-con Pat Buchanan in a Sept. 14 editorial entitled "Failure of an Idea — And a People":
At the Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center, we saw the failure of 40 years of the Great Society. No sooner had Katrina passed by and the 17th Street levee broke than hundreds of young men who should have taken charge in helping the aged, the sick and the women with babies to safety took to the streets to shoot, loot and rape."
So, the question is, if the media got it all wrong and much of their Katrina reporting is now suspect, doesn't that invalidate the right's breathless proclamations as well? Where's their apology? Something tells me we'll be waiting for a long, long time.
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