Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More Katrina Lies and Videotape

The left and its media and Hollywood accomplices are using this Katrina anniversary once again to smear President Bush. The lies told by the Associated Press about the levees have been well documented (See “Oops, Bush Didn’t Lie, Sorry About That” on my website, in March, 2006), and as ‘Popular Mechanics’ pointed out, “In fact, the response to Hurricane Katrina was by far the largest--and fastest-rescue effort in U.S. history, with nearly 100,000 emergency personnel arriving on the scene within three days of the storm's landfall.

Dozens of National Guard and Coast Guard helicopters flew rescue operations that first day--some just 2 hours after Katrina hit the coast. Hoistless Army helicopters improvised rescues, carefully hovering on rooftops to pick up survivors. On the ground, "guardsmen had to chop their way through, moving trees and recreating roadways," says Jack Harrison of the National Guard. By the end of the week, 50,000 National Guard troops in the Gulf Coast region had saved 17,000 people; 4000 Coast Guard personnel saved more than 33,000.”

Once again the bloggers and some honest journalists have to rise up and expose these smears as the Democrat machine goes back into action. Just this week we learned that the entire Plame-Wilson affair was a left-wing media plot to discredit the President. We cannot believe ANYTHING the mainstream media says, not about Katrina, not about Bush, Cheney or Rove, not about Iraq, not about Israel-Lebanon-Hezbollah, not about anything. Dan Rather, where are you?

Katrina lies and videotape
By Star Parker,
Monday, August 28, 2006

Spike Lee took his cameras and crew to New Orleans to film a documentary about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The four-hour production, which aired on HBO, is, unfortunately, about as destructive as was the disaster it depicts.

At a time when we need light and understanding, Lee has delivered darkness, anger and hatred. Those who will be hurt the most by the distorted and untruthful picture that Lee has concocted are the poor blacks he purports to want to help.

It's clear that Lee did not go to Louisiana in search of truth. He went to Louisiana to carefully construct a documentary that would support the conclusion he had already reached. That conclusion: poor blacks suffered and died as result of the indifference of a detached and racist Bush administration in general and President Bush in particular.

The film commits egregious journalistic sins of commission and omission, carefully selecting and editing footage to indict Bush, including only commentators who support the conclusions that Lee had already reached, and selectively omitting reams of information relevant to the complex truth of what actually happened.

Since Lee already knew the truth, he didn't have much need to examine material such as "A Failure of Initiative," Congress' investigation into Katrina, which shows failure and breakdown at all levels of government _ local, state and federal. It also was of little interest to Lee that primary responsibility for disaster preparation and management is at the level of local and state government, not federal.

But New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin comes off in the production as just one cool dude. He shows up at regular intervals over the four-hour production, talking New Orleans jive and being one straightforward sincere guy who was trying to do his job.

No mention is made of the hurricane simulations and emergency evacuation plans that he totally ignored. No reference is made to the famous picture of the parking lot filled with flooded school buses that Nagin chose not to use to evacuate residents in poor areas.

Central to the Katrina story is the failure of the levees. Indeed, Lee's film is called "When the Levees Broke."

But who is responsible for ignoring the warnings over the years that the levees protecting New Orleans were inadequate? Bush? Of course not.

It was Louisiana's congressional delegation that was responsible to ensure that their constituents' interests were being represented and that funds were being appropriated to fix sub-standard levees. But not a single Louisiana senator or congressman is ever mentioned or appears in "When the Levees Broke."

William Jefferson, New Orleans' congressman for the last 16 years, has been under FBI investigation over the last year under bribery charges. However, Jefferson is a Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. To shine a light on his possible, and likely, neglect of representing his constituents' interests would have distracted from the single message that Bush was the evil genius behind this tragedy.

Of course, no mention is made of Jefferson's trip home, when he commandeered a National Guard truck in the middle of rescue efforts to take him to his house to retrieve personal property.

Given what Lee leaves out, it's particularly cheap and sick that he felt it relevant to include footage of Condoleezza Rice supposedly shopping for designer shoes at the time the disaster was sweeping New Orleans. As we know, Condi is our secretary of state, who has no responsibility for any of these matters.

After showing what appears to be a disengaged Bush, assuring that help is on the way, Lee pans, in contrast, to Harry Belafonte, who talks about the generous offers of help that came from President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

I have written previously of the love of affair of the black left, particularly the Rev. Jesse Jackson, with Third World dictators. There is virtually no freedom of the press and speech in Venezuela. If Lee were a citizen of Venezuela and made a similar film attacking Chavez, he would disappear forever after the first showing.

Perhaps most sad is that in four hours Lee has nothing positive to say about America and Americans. No mention is made of the $700 million from private citizens and churches that were committed in the first few days of the tragedy. No mention is made of the thousands of homes across the nation that welcomed evacuees. No mention is made of the tens of thousands who have successfully rebuilt their lives.

Spike Lee clearly has little affection for the country that gives him free expression and has made him wealthy. He has produced a self-indulgent, deceitful and exploitive film about a tragedy. His message will give poor blacks more reasons to feel powerless, to feel lost, to feel that others bear responsibility for their lives, to hate, and to stay poor. Star Parker

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over"

- Joseph Goebbels

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At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves Jr. said...

Ray Nagin didn't have the brains to have all those busses moved to higher ground, and a year later he's still sticking his feet in his mouth. It really surprised me that he got reelected. How about the Black Pantha's claim that the federal government bombed the levies? That's good one! When are people going to smarten up and start thinking for themselves?

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous steve said...

Can you elaborate on this?
Just this week we learned that the entire Plame-Wilson affair was a left-wing media plot to discredit the President

Joe - There are still many people that believe that the US govmt orchestrated the 9/11 attacks also...

At 11:17 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

The Plame-Wilson Affair
This does get a little complicated. First, a leftover liberal CIA employee, Valerie Plame, decides to undermine the President’s policy by pulling strings to get her like-minded husband, Joseph Wilson, sent to Nigeria to discredit the report from British intelligence that Saddam Hussein tried to purchase yellowcake. (This British report was mentioned by Bush as one piece of intelligence we relied on. It turned out to be factual.) Wilson then wrote a piece prominently published and mentioned over and over in the NY Times that the British report was absurd. Step One

A retiring official in our State Dept., Richard Armitage, who also opposes Bush’s policy, casually mentions Plame’s identity to Robert Novak, who exposes her in his newspaper column. Immediately virtually every Democrat politician, the NY Times and every other liberal newspaper, all the TV networks and CNN launch into a three year campaign that 1. it is a crime to reveal her name (it wasn’t), 2. obviously the leak came from Dick Cheney’s office, probably by Karl Rove, and both of them ought to be investigated and charged. 3. obviously this was a dirty political trick to discredit Wilson and Pres. Bush must have known of it and approved of it. Step Two

A special prosecutor (Fitzpatrick) is appointed. Although he learns almost immediately that the source was Armitage and was just a casual mention, and although he concludes that no laws were broken, he ends up ruining Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Lewis Libby, by charging him with lying about when he heard about Plame’s identity. This is such a poltically motivated indictment, even Democrats are embarrassed. Step Three

This week, Armitage’s identity as the “leaker” is revealed to the rest of us, and his lawyer confirms it. With no possible motivation to discredit Plame, the whole scheme to use the Plame-Wilson affair to discredit the Bush administration collapses.

At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves said...

Yes Steve, I've been hearing that one too. What I heard was, that someone who was working for the U.S. Government was sneaking some explosives into the Twin Towers and hiding them there, which is ridicules. The head of the Black Panthas Malik Chabas, or something like that, told Bill O'Reilly that the feds bombed the levies in New Orleans. This guy used to be on the Factor a lot, but he's gotten too far off the wall for Bill, so they stopped putting him on. A lot of this nonsense comes from web sites like An old friend of mine is always emailing that site to me, and I keep deleting it when I get it.


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