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Here Come The Katrina/Rita Comparisons

Reported by Ellen - September 24, 2005

Hurricane Rita has just begun but the FOX News crew has gotten out their GOP talking points as fast as their windbreakers. Rita may be a monster Category 3 storm, but, as I have been saying for several days, the disaster-relief response is going to be nothing less than a 10. OK, maybe a 9, due to the traffic jams. Not surprisingly, the favorable comparisons to Louisiana have already begun.

During some late special coverage on Hannity & Colmes, Carol McKinley, in Nassau Bay, TX, talking about policemen and firefighters in Galveston, said "Those firefighters don't have to be here. This is not a mandatory stay for them. They're there because they know that they're needed. And many of them, their families evacuated and they stayed behind. I talked to one policeman who said, 'My wife's mad at me but this is what - I've got to do what I've got to do. I'm not going to pull what some of the New Orleans police officers did.'"

Texas Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert not only bragged about how well prepared Texas was for the storm, he also threw a couple of not-so-subtle jabs at Louisiana. "Everybody's been responsive but it comes from proper planning... When tropical winds hit, you have to have everything prepared."

Earlier, either he or another Texas Republican Congressman gushed about how proud he was of Texas and what the government has done.

Comment: I'm sure the team Texas cheerleading is going to get louder and more persistent in the days to come on FNC. I'm also sure that we're not going to hear much about how Texas has more assets than New Orleans nor that there might be a more dire, more difficult situation if an entire city is flooded. Lastly, while FNC trumpets the wisdom of Texas preparedness, I doubt anyone will question the lack of same by Bush & Co, who insisted that nobody could have predicted the broken levees.

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