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Sunday, 27 August 2006
Mainstream Media Don't Do Shame

It's been quite a year for the MSM, hasn't it: Mike Wallace does Neville Chamberlain; wire service photogs do jihadist-friendly special effects; the New York Times, Washington Post, the networks, etc. outsource themselves in Lebanon to al-Jazeera.  It's almost hard to remember that their Year of Shame began with MSM coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

But computer genius and retired Newsday reporter Lou Dolinar does remember.  In a remarkable piece (h/t: NYPost) on his Website, Dolinar explains what went right during those terrifying, bleak days in New Orleans:

Do you remember the dramatic TV footage of National Guard helicopter landings at the Superdome, as soon as Katrina passed, to drop off tens of thousands saved from certain death? Of the corpsmen running with stretchers to carry the survivors to ambulances and the medical center? Or the reports on how the operation - with Coast Guard helicopters, regular military units and local first responders, too - went on for more than a week, saving more than 50,000 lives?

No? That's because the national media imposed a near-total blackout on the nerve center of what may have been the largest, most successful aerial search-and-rescue operation in history.

In fact, they got the Katrina timeline exactly backwards: Help wasn't late to arrive. The most important work - lifesaving, search and rescue - got done in the first four days after the hurricane passed.

On this anniversary week of Hurricane Katrina, we'll hear endless rehashing of the manifold failures of FEMA and the Bush administration - much of it deserved - and endless chanting of the "help was late" meme. What we won't hear is what congressional reports have since shown: Three other agencies anticipated the crisis and swung into action as soon as the storm passed.

Read it all.

Dolinar's article has some mileage on it, he explains:

It originally appeared Sept. 15 in an abbreviated form on Tom Bevan's Real Clear Politics, and as the lead item of the New York Post's op-ed page. Rich Lowry at National Review wanted more reporting to hear what the rescuers themselves had to say, The article [...] ran  in their Oct.10 issue.

If you want to learn more about what really happened, required viewing is SOS: Coast Guard Rescue on the Discovery Channel, which features dramatic rescue footage of the New Orleans operations. Also take a look at the current issue of Popular Mechanics, an old favorite of mine that's turned into a serious red-state journal of science, technology, and technopolitics.
Posted on 08/27/2006 9:46 AM by Robert Bove
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