UnNews:Instapundit on Katrina lessons: "Blame the media"
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29 August 2006
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As the United States marked the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Tuesday, blogger Glenn Reynolds urged the nation "to reflect on the enormous damage the media did to President Bush."
"I remember watching those scenes a year ago," the University of Tennessee law professor wrote on his Instapundit.com blog. "They shocked and sickened me. We should never forget those images of people criticizing our president, and we must do all we can to prevent this tragedy from happening again."
Reynolds and fellow bloggers responded to the disaster by criticizing state and local response, attacking reporting on the tragedy for its "dangerous reflection of reality" and exonerating George W. Bush from any blame for the slow response. They engaged in fundraising in the little time that remained.
"I simply could not believe what I was seeing," said John Hinderacker of Powerline. "Thousands and thousands of poor people, starving and displaced, and acting like the White House had some responsibility to them. This is why the MSM is dying."
"Think of a world without journalists or liberals," he said. "Where there are no poor, no sick and no oppressed, and where the president holds us close, his strong arms pressing us tenderly to a chest made taut by years of ranching."
To mark the anniversary of the storm, Reynolds traveled to Washington with bloggers Hugh Hewitt and Michelle Malkin. The three met with Karl Rove and vowed to do "everything they could" to restore the president's reputation. Reynolds urged Rove to fund a "Hurricane Victims for Truth" organization, and pledged to link to its releases without reading their content.
Hewitt told reporters after the meeting that they "made him nauseous."
"There's a rich, rich man on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and he's dying in there!" Hewitt yelled, his arms shaking. "He means the best for everyone, and you bastards can't throw a compliment his way! Come on! Get off your asses and help us!"
Hewitt fell sobbing into Reynolds' arms.
"Typical," Malkin said when asked the reasons for her attack. "You 'objective' journalists won't acknowledge the great successes of this administration, but a conservative bites two of you and drinks their lifeblood, and you're all over it. Liberal lies. Well, the American people support the president, even as you try to distort the picture with my vampirism."
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