My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


How Quickly They Have To Correct Themselves

Yesterday's AP headline: Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina

Today's AP headline: New Video Shows Blanco Saying Levees Safe

Of course, after Powerline (and, it would seem, everybody else) took apart the reality of the video last night, the Old Media was bound to recognize that it couldn't just try to get away with another whitewash.

"We keep getting reports in some places that maybe water is coming over the levees," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said shortly after noon on Aug. 29, according to the video. "We heard a report unconfirmed, I think, we have not breached the levee. I think we have not breached the levee at this time."

In fact, the National Weather Service received a report of a levee breach and issued a flash-flood warning as early as 9:12 a.m. that day, according to the White House's formal recounting of events the day Katrina struck.

Of course, the AP then manages to devote two-thirds of its article to the "evidence" that the screw-ups were all on the federal level.

Makes you wonder if we'd have ever heard about the Governor's gaffe if it weren't for the New Media. Of course, the damage done by the 24 hours to the conventional wisdom may still be irretreivable.

Then again, maybe the constant and inescapable drip drip of evidence of bad and biased reporting may finally begin to break any influence the Old Media has, once and for good.

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