This post by Captain Ed's points out not only the incompetence of the local and state officials in Louisiana, but it also points out that the paid journalists (who also have readers that have PAID for their efforts) are either incompetent or lying scoundrels. Either way, their readers are being cheated.
Instead, three days after landfall and a full day after the massive flooding, Blanco suddenly came to the conclusion that the buses might be useful. Unfortunately, now they sat under water, along with most of New Orleans and a few thousand of its residents. She got incensed by the lack of buses coming in from the outside -- but all of the eastern access roads to the city got destroyed in the hurricane, and the few left functioning on the west side were being used to bring in relief materials -- which she would deny to the people inside the city for days to come.
All of this has been known to bloggers for a week. I wrote about this on September 4th, and I was not the first (the link above takes you to Junkyard Blog's first report on the subject). The Houston Chronicle reported two days ago that "City officials had 550 municipal buses and hundreds of additional school buses at their disposal but made no plans to use them to get people out of New Orleans before the storm..."
So why can't the New York Times do some research at least equal to that of the Houston Chronicle, and perhaps even as well as the bloggers who have easily researched the New Orleans plan and its requirements?
Read the whole thing... As I watch the news coverage of this disaster, I'm amazed at the distortions, falsehoods, and inaccuracies that are allowed to be pushed by the MSM. It's quite instructive that a few diligent bloggers (aka citizen journalists) can research and disseminate facts which end up being ignored entirely by the MSM. Surely the MSM knows that bloggers are beating them at their game, right?
ARC: St Wendeler