Thursday, September 08, 2005
White Wash II:
NBC's Brian Williams is reporting that the feds are blocking reporters for key areas of New Orleans as the round up of bodies begins. What is this Zimbabwe?
Lefty Blogger Atrios states the case, and I agree...
The failures of government at all levels magnified the death toll. We as the public need to know the true scope of this disaster. The government didn't act to protect the victims before the storm and I find thier newfound concern insulting.
Take a moment to note what's happening here: these are the marks of repressive government, which mixes inefficiency with authoritarianism. The crew that couldn't get key aid on the scene last week is coming in in force now and taking as one of its key missions cutting public information about what's happening in the city.
UPDATE: WaPo picks up on this line in an excellent editorial
Hiding Bodies Won't Hide the Truth
Does anyone know if this is the first natural disaster where the government has suddenly felt the need to step in and censor? I don't recall it happening before.
Good that others see it!
Incidentally, in case you're unaware, I found your blog through the link next to the WaPo story. Nice development, that they are acknowledging the role you all now play in the "information dispersal infrastructure"...