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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A non-cautionary cautionary tale

Craig reports that Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, said something really stupid about Hurricane Katrina being a punishment sent by God. Since Pat Robertson made a similar statement at the time the hurricane struck, Craig predicts that this will be yet another example of the liberal "Mainstream Media" (MSM) trumpeting something stupid said by a conservative but ignoring something stupid said by a liberal.

Well, setting aside the obvious fact that Pat Robertson is a tad more important a national figure than Ray Nagin and is thus a lot more likely to make the news when he says something colossally stupid (and since now he basically says that God will punish anyone who disagrees with him -- Pat, that is, not God -- any time anybody anywhere disagrees with Pat), I just did a tiny bit of Googling and found that Craig's crickets were, in fact, not chirping after all: the Houston Chronicle, the New York Daily News, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the CNN, and BET.

They're giving Nagin just about all the attention he deserves. More so, even.

(And here's one of the more prominent liberal blogs blasting away at Nagin:

Nagin told the crowd that he also asked, "Why is black-on-black crime such an issue? Why do our young men hate each other so much that they look their brother in the face and they will take a gun and kill him in cold blood?"

Good question, Ray. Not that you — or Kathleen Blanco — were doing anything to really tackle these problems in New Orleans before Katrina, with its corrupt police, terrible schools, and a disproportionately poor and underemployed population that made it a toxic social gumbo. These are complex problems that have no easy answer, but it’s clear nothing serious had been done for years.

Anyone that thought Nagin wants to deal with the issue of the underprivileged in his city post-Katrina is smoking something. Too many on the Left gave him a pass during the hurricane — the bottom line is that the mayor couldn’t identify with someone that couldn’t get a ride out of town because of classism and incompetence.


I really don't think that Ray Nagin's ineptitude is a secret that the MSM is trying to keep hidden.

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