The "worm has turned" in the national media. Reporters in the field in New Orleans and Mississippi are visibly and audibly enraged at the tragedy and destruction of what is before them. The anger filling all but the most abject media servants of the prevailing incompetence is most impressive.
Nevertheless, the bureaucracy and the ruling politicians are still doing everything they can to "spin" the situation in the way that commanders do in "after action reports" to make themselves look as good as they can manage in the face of evidence of their incompetence, neglect or cowardice.
Their remaining allies in the media are still at it. On a national news show this Sunday morning two participants known for their close government relations, both from the national media, did their best to "blame the victims." From discussions here in Washington it is clear to me that the "talking points" went out last night to the faithful.
What was said? In response to a discussion of government failure, indifference and incompetence as a source of the protracted suffereing of the people of New Orleans, both of these people implied that it was the "backwardness" and "social injustice" of society in these states that formed the background and root cause for what has happened.
Some addtitional "talking points" evident today were:
-No one could have known. (That one isn’t selling well)
-We have to MOVE ON. We have the people’s work to do!! It wil be time enough later… (Is Bill advising these guys?)
We have seen a lot of cynical, methodical manipulation of public opinion in recent years. Some of this has been the fruit of the emergence of a "doctrine" of deliberate "Information Operations." Falsehood or distortion injected into the "public mind" has become a routine of government. In addition, some of the management of information has been accomplished through the simple mechanism of threatening and intimidating media executives (overtly or implicitly) with denial of access to sources of information.
Not surprisingly, those implicated in the guilt over this present catastrophe are fighting back.
Two reporters from Fox News have publicly raged against what they saw in New Orleans. (See Below) The anchor talking to them did everything but disown them. Everywhere the government is defending itself as best it can by blaming state government, by blaming local government.
Now they are going to blame the people of Louisiana and Mississippi.