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  •  Clarification needed (4.00)
    Last night on CBS's "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant reported on the criticism around the rescue effort. However during the story he said this:

    <Louisiana Democratic Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco was herself singled out for criticism. </p>

    Published reports have said that during the crisis she seemed "uncertain and sluggish," "had to be convinced by President Bush to declare a mandatory evacuation," and she has said she felt "overwhelmed.">

    As I recall, didn't Blanco send a letter to Bush asking him to declare Louisiana a disaster area? So why would she need convincing from Bush of all people to declare a mandatory evacuation? Is this true? Van Sant actually said "published reports" said this but I think it was irresponsible for him to leave the impression that Bush was on top of this disaster when he was the one who needed convincing.

    Here's the transcript to the piece:

    •  that way its her fault and not bush's. (4.00)
      and the poll i saw this morning on one of the news channels shows that people aren't blaming bush.  they blame the mayor and the governor.  which is a shame.  because if it ends up being them sitting in a sports arena filled with filth and no water for five days, i wonder who they will blame then!
    •  Third hand lies (4.00)
      See Josh Marshall on this.

      Whe he says "published reports have described her as uncertain and sluggish" he is referring to a discredited Newsweek story, based on a White House source.

      I've got blisters on my fingers!

      by Elwood Dowd on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 06:48:19 AM PDT

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    •  And that wasn't all..... (4.00)

      Not only did that report try to cast the blame on Blanco, it also then tried to say how Bush "cut short his vacation" to address the crisis.  It THEN also played an audio tape of the mayor getting angry and using expletives in describing the situation.  Seems to me that's coming awfully close to trying to paint the mayor as just an "angry black man" to try to discredit him.  So, blame Blanco and Nagin and discredit them, and don't say anything about the criticism of Bush and FEMA.  Hmmm - wonder where they got this slant from?

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