Friday, March 03, 2006

Desperate Dems

The MSM, AKA the propaganda branch of the Dems, has moved from selective reporting to lying.

Here's the Brit MSM:
Tapes reveal Bush knew that Katrina could swamp city

Tapes and transcripts of briefings last August show Mr Bush being told in detail about Katrina’s potential deadly impact and hearing an expert express “grave concerns” about the ability of the levees to withstand the hurricane. They also show that the President asked no questions.

AP floated this dishonest story yesterday, leading the WSJ to comment (subscription):
The whole "story" here is so preposterous that we are inclined to leave it at that. But for the record, it's worth noting a little semantic legerdemain on the part of the Associated Press reporter who narrates the videotape. The reporter implies that Mr. Bush lied when he said after the storm that nobody had anticipated "the breach of the levees." This is supposed to be contradicted by the video footage of a pre-landfall briefing in which the National Hurricane Center told the President of the possibility that "the levees will be topped."

But in fact the New Orleans levee system wasn't topped; it was breached, just as Mr. Bush said -- and there's a big difference between the two. The levees being topped by the storm surge would have caused damage, but arguably much less severe than what happened after the structural failure that actually occurred. And in any case, the levee breach was the result of flaws so fundamental they were beyond anyone's power to fix that close to the storm.
The levee failures were caused by faulty system design and construction by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Popular mechanics has an excellent analysis, including this:
In fact, the response to Hurricane Katrina was by far the largest--and fastest-rescue effort in U.S. history, with nearly 100,000 emergency personnel arriving on the scene within three days of the storm's landfall.

Computer simulations of a Katrina-strength hurricane had estimated a worst-case-scenario death toll of more than 60,000 people in Louisiana. The actual number was 1077 in that state.
With Hillary as their only hope, the Dems are getting really desperate.