'Anonymous' spins Katrina coverage
In the wake of nearly unprecedented bad press the administration begins its furious campaign to blame state and local officials for the criminal negligence that led up to and followed the natural disaster.
"What I don’t understand is why the media continue to be star players on the Bush damage control team," complains Arianna Huffington.
She goes on to detail how the Washington Post and Newsweek both remarked that the situation had been made worse by the fact that La. governor Blanco was reluctant to declare martial law.
Except the Gov declared martial law days before the hurricane even hit the coast.
The Washington Post, which had attributed the false information to a "senior Bush official," made a correction.
Newsweek didn't attribute the information to anyone in particular, they just sort of, uhh, came up with the very same incorrect assertion on their own. And they have yet to correct it.
In addition to Newsweek correcting its mistake, Arianna calls on both publications to reveal the faulty source:
"You’d think that after all we’ve seen -- from the horrific reporting on WMD to Judy Miller and Plamegate (to say nothing of all the endless navel-gazing media panel discussions analyzing the issue) -- these guys would finally get a clue and stop making the Journalism 101 mistake of granting anonymity to administration sources using them to smear their opponents."
Meanwhile, MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell applies for a job with, er, praises Bush for his "crisis management skills." As of this writing Norah's pants are still not on fire, though analysts believe the likelihood is in the 95-99% range. (Huffington Post & MediaMatters)
Evan Derkacz is a New York-based writer and contributor to AlterNet.