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Demeaning NOLA first-responders on Special Report

Reported by Chrish - September 7, 2005

Using the first-responders' to make a jab at New Orleans and Mayor Nagin was hitting below the belt on yesterday's Grapevine segment 9/06/05. Their immense human suffering was delegated to a tart snippet crafted to conjure sneers of distaste from the judgmental viewers.

Brit read "Mayor Ray Nagin says that with National Guard troops in place in New Orleans, he's sending some overworked police officers and firefighters on Las Vegas vacations. Nagin says 1500 first responders will get $200 in cash for the trip, along with free hotels, restaurants, and Vegas shows.

The mayor also blasted critics who suggested granting such vacations in a time of crisis constitutes a dereliction of duty, and a call to party, saying, "New Orleans is a party city. Get over it."

That philosophy was echoed by French quarter residents already planning next year's Mardi Gras celebrations, one of whom says, “We'll always have something to parade for."

Comment: What Hume failed to mention in this portrait of people who can't wait to get their buzz back on was that grief counselors will be on hand for the police and firefighters who just saw their city destroyed overnight. These guys are not going to cut loose and have a good time, like some beer commercial. They are going to get away, be distracted, and start to process what they've been through and seen. They are traumatized in a way we can all only hope we never know. Several have committed suicide. Hume should be ashamed of reporting this story in such a manner.

These are the people that Gibson, Napolitano, O'Reilly, Hannity, and the rest want to blame for the chaos in New Orleans.

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