The Los Angeles Times today challenges the tales of murder, rape, and destruction at the Superdome that were widely reported in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina.
With *only* ten bodies found in the Superdome and four in the convention center, among whom was one gunshot victim, the authors cast aside reports of the post-Katrina mayhem as myths.
Yet with the key fourth paragraph, “His assessment is one of several in recent days to conclude that newspapers and television exaggerated criminal behavior in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, particularly at the overcrowded Superdome and Convention Center.”
Is the Times overreaching here? The article only addresses crimes at the Superdome and Convention Center. The looting still stands.
For a small sample of the breakdown of law in New Orleans after Katrina, peruse a day or two of the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s blog style reporting. Without much searching, you’ll read about a dead body abandoned (at the Convention Center), residents arming themselves against trespassers, and looters spreading thin police resources.
Not all reports of lawlessness from New Orleans were hype.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?