Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Monday, September 19, 2005

great drama but just not true

Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, La., (like being in charge of a county) grabbed for his 15 minutes of fame when being interviewed by Tim Russert on NBC's Meet the Press. Broussard gained points with the liberal mainsteam media by attacking the Bush administration and, in a very emotional manner which was widely rebroadcast, essentially claiming that Bush administration delays were somehow responsible for the death of a co-worker's mother.

The drama was superb and, since the story line was consistent with the theory that the Federal goverment was responsible for all of the problems associated with Hurricane Katrina, the media never bothered to look into the numerous holes in Broussard's story. The blogsphere did and found a lot of problems.

Now, over two weeks later, NBC is characterizing Brossard's story as a "misunderstanding". But the facts of the story prove that it had nothing to do with the Federal goverment at all. In fact, the woman died almost a week before Brossard claimed she did, quite a significant "detail" to be characterized as a "misunderstanding". Also, the failure of the owners of the home the woman lived in to evacuate has led to criminal charges being filed against them.

At least NBC is more honest than CBS was when it was caught peddling the Bush forged documents. But the failure to do even minimal fact-checking of stories critical of the Bush administration is a hallmark of liberal media bias.


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