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Fox Protects Gov. Rick Perry - No "Lack of Preparedness" in Texas - Despite Live Video to the Contrary

Reported by Melanie - September 22, 2005

Remember the post-Katrina ranting and raving about the "lack of preparedness" by the governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans, both of whom are Democrats? Have you noticed that we are witnessing, live on television today, another example of a "lack of preparedness," this time on the part of Texas officials? Have you seen the live feeds of the miles-long, gridlocked freeways heading north out of Houston? Have you heard the reports about people running out of gas as they sit in stop-and-go traffic, in 90+ degree heat with their air conditioners off to conserve fuel? Have you heard about gas trucks driving out to rescue stranded drivers?

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. EDT today (September 22, 2005), during Your World w/Neil Cavuto, the mayor of Houston and some of his officials held a news conference to update the media on the state of the evacuation and preparations for Hurricane Rita. The presser grew contentious when several reporters asked about the jammed freeways. The mayor and his group became quite defensive and concluded by saying the traffic jams weren't, "part of the plan."

Interestingly, and uncharacteristically, Fox did not carry the presser. The mayor of Houston is a Democrat but the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, is a Republican. I think Fox decided not to carry the presser because it didn't want to draw attention to the, "lack of preparedness" in Texas.

UPDATE - 9:22 p.m. EDT: Over live video of the continuing gridlock, Sean Hannity just said this is a "very orderly" evacuation! Yeah, right. Tell that to the people sitting in those cars. Point made. Thanks Sean.

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