Tuesday, September 13, 2005

An Ugly Feeding Frenzy

Well, here we are 16 days after the devistation of Hurricane Katrina and there are signs of hope emerging from the sorrow and dispair of a week ago.

That's the good news: the bad news is the unchecked Bush Bashing continues to spiral out of control. Very little being done about the astounding lapses BEFORE the hurricane hit - very much being done about the 24 hours afterwards, most of it factually suspect, at best.

There's one thing about this President that has astounded me again and again, and that is the way he comes under attack for EVERYTHING. It's like watching a National Geographic special on the Discovery Channel about wild animals and the feeding frenzy. First the predators, the lions and the tigers, what have you, attack the antelope. The preadtors tear at the flesh, violently ripping the carcass to pieces, thier faces covered in blood.

After the predators are full, the vultures swoop in and gnaw at what flesh the predators have left behind. They fall over themselves to get at whatever remains. Then, when the vultures are done, the maggots and other vermin move in and reduce the carcass to dust.

What we have in the wake of the Katrina disaster is a feeding frenzy. The Democrats are acting as the predators, ripping the President apart for not acting fast enough (I guess rather than formulate a game plan once the damage became apparent, he should have just send in about 50 volunteers with mops on Tuesday morning). The press immediately swooped in like the willing partners / vultures that they are, and have contnued a relentless attack (while almost totally ignoring the REAL issue - the failures at state and local levels to evacuate properly BEFOREHAND) that has been so over-the-top that it has bordered on ridiculous. Then you have the maggots and vermin (the opprotunists and activists) chiming in with the usual race-baiting and class-warfare.

When you see hundreds of school buses sitting under water in New Orleans on the morning after the hurricane hits, and you hear the mayor acting like a petulant five-year-old who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar ("Don't blame ME! It was Bush's fault we didn't have any plan for getting people OUT of the Superdome!"), you know where the REAL problem was.

When you have Newsweek putting out one of the most SHAMEFUL things I have EVER seen - an issue with a crying, black child on the cover, and a main report based entirely on hearsay and third-party "sources that didn't want to give their name(s)" - you know the media is officially out of control.

Of course, in an era when a major network reports a made-up story based on falsified documents, should anyone be surprised? No, not really...but then you pick up Newsweek and you realize that the enemies of this President have the media in their hip pocket. And yes, I believe they are vibrating.

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