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One Missing White Girl More Important Than The City Of New Orleans To FOX News

Reported by Ellen - March 2, 2006

Tom Kean’s criticism of the UAE port deal must have used up the FOX News quota for anti-Bush discussion in one hour. How else to explain Hannity & Colmes’ lack of discussion last night (3/1/06) of the videotape proving that Bush knew about the catastrophe about to hit New Orleans, that his administration failed to ready the needed resources and that he was not truthful when he claimed, four days after the storm, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" that gushed deadly flood waters into New Orleans?

To quote from an AP article:

In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.

Bush didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are fully prepared."

The footage — along with seven days of transcripts of briefings obtained by The Associated Press — show in excruciating detail that while federal officials anticipated the tragedy that unfolded in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, they were fatally slow to realize they had not mustered enough resources to deal with the unprecedented disaster.

According to Bloomberg.com, Katrina killed 1,330 people and destroyed property across three states making it the most devastating natural disaster in U.S. history. But it’s a distant memory to Hannity except when he wants to bash Mayor Nagin.

Instead of Katrina, we got a “sneak preview” of Greta Van Susteren’s upcoming interview with Joran Van der Sloot, the suspect in the Natalee Holloway case. Hannity, who condescendingly asked Shepard Smith to “put it into perspective” when he was reporting about the tragedy from New Orleans, was full of concern for the Holloway family’s feelings about the interview. “Have you spoken to them about it?” Hannity asked in a grave voice.

“I have,” Van Susteren replied with equal seriousness. “And I told her from the very beginning that I was going to be honest with her. I was going to tell her exactly what I thought.” Van Susteren also said that she promised to call Natalee Holloway’s mother after the interview to “tell her what I think.” I wonder how many Katrina victims will get such personalized treatment from the press.

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