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Saturday, March 04, 2006

'Liberal Media' Slams Bush For Lying About Katrina

"We are fully prepared."
-Bush speaking to federal disaster officials on August 28, 2005 after he was warned that Katrina could breach levees

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
-Bush lying on September 1, 2005

"This makes it perfectly clear once again that this disaster was not out of the blue or unforeseeable. It was not only predictable, it was actually predicted. That's what makes the failures in response - at the local, state and federal level - all the more outrageous."
-Senator David Vitter, Republican from Louisiana

From Media Matters:

Homeland Security

ABC's Katrina amnesia continues
For the second night in a row, in reporting on newly released video showing President Bush receiving warnings that Hurricane Katrina could cause New Orleans levees to fail, ABC's World News Tonight did not mention Bush's comment, made days after the storm, that "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." Read more

NBC, Fox uncritically reported new White House explanation for Bush levee claim, ignore evidence indicating awareness of breach threat
NBC's Nightly News and Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume uncritically reported the new White House explanation for President Bush's claim that "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." The administration now claims that Bush was warned only of the levees "overtopping," not breaching. However, some key facts undermine this White House explanation. Read more

Propaganda/Noise Machine

O'Reilly: Documentary Outfoxed "was a dishonest piece of trash"
Bill O'Reilly called Robert Greenwald's 2004 documentary, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, "a dishonest piece of trash."

Horowitz: "There are 50,000 professors ... [who] identify with the terrorists"
On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, right-wing activist David Horowitz claimed that "[t]here are 50,000 professors" who are "anti-American" and "identify with the terrorists." There are just over 400,000 tenured and tenure-track full-time university professors in the United States. If Horowitz's numbers are accurate, that means approximately one out of every eight tenured or tenure-track college and university professors is a terrorist sympathizer.

O'Reilly to Barry Lynn: "You know I love you as a guest. You're one of the best. You're a paranoid crazy."
Bill O'Reilly called guest Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, "a paranoid crazy."

Natural Disasters

NY Times, LA Times, WSJ failed to run second-day follow-up stories on Katrina tapes
On the second day after the release of videos showing President Bush was warned of possible catastrophic flooding in New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal published no news articles following up on the controversy.

O'Reilly threatened radio show caller with "a little visit" from "Fox security" for mentioning Olbermann's name on the air
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly threatened to turn over the personal information of a caller to "Fox security" because the caller mentioned MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. As Media Matters has noted, in recent weeks, Olbermann has repeatedly awarded O'Reilly the "Worst Person in the World" designation during his show, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.


At 3/04/2006 9:26 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

You might want to catch up on some of the latest Katrina/Bush news developments that Media Matters may not be covering before you commit a lot more space to this story....


Plus, look into the latest criticisms of the CBS poll, and the Zogby poll (described by Hitchens as "contemptible" in the interview I linked) you cited earlier this week.

At 3/04/2006 10:22 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

As for Olberman repeatedly awarding O'Reilly his "Worst Person of the Year" award -- Does anyone suspect that it might have something to do with these numbers:

Ratings in assigned time slot:

Olbermann-about 400,000

O'Reilly-about 3,000,000

Which comes out to about 7.5 times as many viewers as Olberman.

Just askin....

At 3/04/2006 10:40 AM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

Timmy, you really need to watch O'Reilly more often . You're letting us down.

Your hero wants MSNBC to fire Olbermann and rehire Donahue.

Hmm...why would billy boy waste precious airtime on the guy who gets such shitty raitngs?


At 3/04/2006 10:54 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

So, I guess you really didn't know that was a joke O'Reilly pulled just to make fun of Olbermann's ratings?

Why am I not surprised?

At 3/04/2006 11:11 AM, Blogger kat said...

O'Reilly must similarly be joking when callers mention Olberman's name and he responds by cutting them off and then sending "Fox Security" (whatever that means) after them.

O'Reilly is a complete freak.

Pass the loufah.

At 3/04/2006 2:30 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I don't know anything about O'Reilly cutting off callers (his talk show?) but I do know the cancel-Olbermann-for-Donahue-poll he started was just a goof on Olbermann's crappy ratings.

Frankly, I don't care for either of them.

Here's the loufa, can you get my back for me?

At 3/04/2006 6:06 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

For a cute graphic of Bill drowning in falafel and info on "fox security" calling anti-Bill callers, visit:

At 3/04/2006 6:23 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

The guy is a total doofus. I can see why he does well in the ratings though. He's sort of irresitable in a weird way. His depth of knowledge is about an inch deep about everything, but the guy throws himself into the blender with this sort of reckless aboandon I can't help but admire. I've heard his radio show like two times. Terrible. Repeating mundane points over and over ad infinitum. Is he still on?

At 3/04/2006 6:39 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

Yes, on TV and radio. People even pay to join his fan club. On my road trip, I met a lot of people, mostly angry men, who only listen to falafel. None of them could define the word "liberal" after using it at least 10 times in disparaging ways...

At 3/04/2006 6:40 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

They basically repeated his talking points.

Not bad for a guy who was the achor of Inside Edition.

At 3/04/2006 6:55 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Yeah, he's something else. But that "What's a liberal?" question is a little tricky. There's "Classical Liberal," "Modern Liberal," "Social Liberal," just to name a few varieties....it's not as easy a question as you might think.

I suspect the guys you asked would probably say (or maybe wanted to say, but didn't)-- was they didn't know for sure, but they knew them em when they saw em. And, hey, maybe they're right more often than you think.

At 3/04/2006 7:13 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

After hearing about "that damn liberal agenda," I asked, "What is the liberal agenda?" No answer.

"Michael Moore hates America. Liberals hate America."

"Can you be more specific? Can you define liberal?" At which point they angrily said they were late for an appointment and left.

It wasn't that complicated. I had great conversations about the terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' with people who weren't so angry...

At 3/04/2006 10:40 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

...one more update about your Bush/Katrina post.....


(and Media Matters gets several mentions in the Comments!)


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