Oct. 3, 2005--
Bloggers' exposing falsity of Aaron Broussard's accusation of "bureaucratic murder" against Bush Administration in wake of Hurricane Katrina further diminishes dominant media.
As predicted in the final paragraph of the Sept. 13, 2005, installment, not even the FDM/TDMşı were able to perpetuate the outrageous distortions and character-assassinations practiced against George W. Bush by blame-shifting Louisiana politicians and the hate-Bush wing (fuselage?) of the once-upon-a-time centrist Democratic Party. Remember when-- on the first Meet the Press (Sept. 4, 2005) after Hurricane Katrina-- Aaron Broussard, the "President" of the Jefferson Parish in Louisiana, broke down crying while claiming to Russert and a stunned nation that "bureaucratic delays" by Bush's subordinates in responding to the flooding in New Orleans had "murdered" the mother of one of his close friends (Thomas Rodrigue), an emergency-service coordinator for Jefferson Parish? See this MSNBC link to the video. On the September 24, 2005, installment of Meet the Press, Russert again had Broussard as a guest. He replayed Broussard's accusation and then set the record strait (and credited "blogs" for uncovering the facts) to make it clear that Rodrique's mother died on the day of the flood as a result of her nursing home's refusal of pre-Hurricane-Katrina offers for evacuation of the nursing home's residents. Broussard defended his having made such reckless accusations by attacking as "nitpickers" the people (ostensibly including Russert) who exposed their falsity.
Would the FDM/TDM have reported the falsity of the accusations absent attention having been brought to the truth by bloggers? Possibly, but not likely. More likely is that the FDM/TDM tail is rapidly losing its ability to wag the news-coverage dog.
şı FDM/TDM means the "Formerly-Dominant-Media" heretofore known as the "Traditionally Dominant Media," also sarcastically known outside those media by the letters "MSM" to denote MSM's masquerade as the "MainStream Media."
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Title: Katrina-- Game, Set, Match.
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