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Just the Facts Ma'am, Just the Facts

Reported by Janie - September 1, 2005

Today (9/1) Dayside was not aired. In it's place were Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum anchoring constant coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

At the top of the hour, Hemmer stated: "Scott McClellan said something during that briefing last hour, the size of this disaster area is considered to be 90,000 square miles. And as we examine the recovery effort now, what the government is doing and is not doing, the criticism is loud and clear, whether it’s at the local level, the county level, the state level, or the federal level, but facts are facts, and video and pictures don’t lie. These people are still stranded, they need answers, they need direction, and they’re simply not getting that."

MM: "Exactly, and not to point fingers of guilt at this point, but merely to report the facts of what is going on there, on the ground and to do just that we want to go back to Shepard Smith..."

Comment: No one wants to point fingers, honestly. However, Hemmer states "facts are facts", and MacCallum stated "merely to report the facts" so shouldn't Fox go ahead and actually SHARE what the facts are?

According to the Chicago Tribune: "Despite continuous warnings that a catastrophic hurricane could hit New Orleans, the Bush administration and Congress in recent years have repeatedly denied full funding for hurricane preparation and flood control. That has delayed construction of levees around the city and stymied an ambitious project to improve drainage in New Orleans' neighborhoods."

Apparently, had the federal government (Bush, Congress, et. al) not cut funding to the area, the levees could possibly have sustained the onslaught of water, and the disaster would not have been as bad as it turned out to be.

Now that the hurricane has hit, the response has been slow and weak. People are dying by the minute, people are being forced to loot (some are taking advantage of this as well, leading to widespread violence across the city), and are stranded and begging for help. The Democratic leadership of the state has not stepped up to appropriate levels, and neither has the federal government. The leadership all around has been appalling, but Fox doesn't want to "point fingers" and mentions NONE of this, but claims all they wish to do is report the "facts". Well, MacCallum, these are the facts, and the leadership needs to be held accountable for their response as people continue to die.

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