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Grapevine Whine - Still Playing the Blame Game

Reported by Nancy - December 14, 2005 -

You'd think by now the reactionary noise machine would have given up the finger-pointing blame game they hypocritically claim they don't play. But you'd be wrong. Last night (12/13) on Special Report, Brit Hume wrapped up his Grapevine segment with yet another slam at Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. The timing couldn't be better for GOP propaganda -- Blanco is scheduled to testify before Congress today (Wed 12/14). And GOPs, who are still steamed over the fiasco with former FEMA director Michael Brown (not that he screwed up, of course, just that he was revealed to be an incompetent crony appointee), can't wait to try to shift the public's attention away from how they've gutted the federal government.

Here's how Hume read "picking" #4:

Former FEMA director Michael Brown wasn't the only player in the Katrina disaster concerned about his physical appearance. While Brown was raked over the coals for his happy-talk reply to an e-mail complimenting his wardrobe during the Katrina response, 13 pages of e-mails released by House staffers investigating the hurricane response show that LA Governor Kathleen Blanco's administration initiated a coordinated campaign to change her look. One press consultant to the Democratic governor suggested that she "dress down a bit & look like she has rolled up her sleeves," saying, "I have some great Liz Claiborne sports clothes. She would look like a woman, but show she is moving mountains."

Comments: Here's something Hume didn't tell viewers: It was GOP "staffers" who released these 13 emails (& keep in mind that these 13 emails represent approximately .00013% of the 100,000 pages of documents Blanco has already submitted to Congress). Nor did Hume seem to care that this "release" of documents is actually a leak in an ongoing investigation. But when have reactionaries ever allowed little ethical details get in the way of their propaganda?

Here's something else Hume didn't make clear to viewers: as CBS notes:

It's not clear whether Blanco ever saw or responded to any of the e-mails.

And in case you've already forgotten what Hume characterized as Brown's "happy-talk," here's a sample:

"You look fabulous," a FEMA staffer wrote. Brown responded "I got it at Nordstrom’s." Later, as evacuees huddled inside the superdome, Brown fired off another email "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god."

Frankly, as far as I can tell from the emails posted on CBS's website (as a PDF file), these were from consultants & staffers who were doing their jobs. One might categorize those jobs as superficial fluff, but that's not the issue. Where's the beef?

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com

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