No freaking way I’d vote for him. He’s another in a decades-long line of New Orleans politicians who failed to rebuild the levees, being content to pester the feds and hope that no major hurricane would strike on his watch.
The female anchor (dunno her name) today on MSNBC (Abrams Report I think) was out for blood today, basically attacking every single authority figure she talked to, and at one point explicitly saying “we here can’t do anything immediately to help, but what we can do is find who to blame”.
That put me off a little. But seeing TV anchors not put up with politician blather is a very welcome change.
Cooper’s “Mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it any more” reaction seems genuine and is certainly refreshing given the plastic superficiality of what passes for broadcast news these days, but it just makes me want to say, “Buck up, pretty boy.” Seeing comfortable upper middle class spokesmodels reacting hyperbolically to real world horrors they “get” to witness first hand just pisses me off.
… and Geraldo just totally lost it on camera; grabbed a baby and held it up in front of the camera, talking about how it’s inconceivable that these kids are still stuck here, etc; then he couldn’t talk coherently and started crying.
Then Shepard Smith, who was on the link, did some ranting of his own about what could possibly be wrong with just walking “over that way”, just to get that much closer to civilization, but the federal checkpoints keep turning people back who try to walk out of the city. Seriously, what the hell?
Sean says they need to get some perspective and Shep screams at him “this is the perspective!”
From one of the comments:
It’s the revolt of the media. Even the conservative media. David Brooks went off the reservation this evening on PBS Newshour and said he knows how the Democrats have felt all along about Bush right now: he is really really angry at him, and its a shameful side of this administration that is going to hurt conservatives.
Yah, mon. This is post-Katrina America, and we’re seeing things in a new way now. We can’t go back to that pre-Katrina mentality. Keep that in mind when the Republicans try to do estate-tax elimination next week: they’re in a pre-Katrina mentality.
Okay. Kayne West, number one hip-hop artist, had a total freak-out on the telethon tonight. He was way inarticulate and scared, but he shocked everyone (he was standing next to Mike Meyers) by stumbling into the truth: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Wow. It was one of those wow moments. The switcher cut away in the middle of the word “people.” But it was too late. Someone said it.