You wouldn’t know it and you probably haven’t heard it, but the American people — unlike 90 percent of the media — don’t blame President Bush for the miserable handling of the Gulf Coast’s brutalization at the hands of Hurricane Katrina.
As has happened before when under attack by the fifth column of the fourth estate, his approval rating actually shot up five points the week of the disaster. Still, a 45 percent rating is nothing to shout about except that it follows the annual braying about his vacation and the precipitous rise in gasoline prices.
But low though they may be, Bush’s approval numbers still tower over those of the Congress and especially those of the media. As has been the case since the Vietnam War/Watergate era, the media still think themselves capable of shaping and shading the news rather than simply reporting it.
And for years they had been successful in their efforts. But today’s alternative news outlets, returning to the basics forgotten or ignored by the old media, have opened the eyes of millions of Americans who have access to cable and the Internet. With the national undressing of liberal icons like Dan Rather, many viewers have finally perceived the whiff of an agenda, one they have been voting against for the last ten years.
Almost as soon as the levees burst, a wave of accusations washed across the front pages of liberal house organs and a torrent of recriminations splashed across TV screens throughout the land. First, global warming was cited as the cause for the misery, which led naturally to blaming Bush for not signing the noxious Kyoto treaty.
When that failed miserably, the looting, raping, and murders were blamed, not on the vicious perpetrators, but — you guessed it — on Bush’s siphoning off National Guard troops to Iraq. After it was revealed that Governor Blanco had over 7,000 Louisiana NG soldiers at her immediate disposal, that tack was dropped in favor of the irrational and unprovable ditty that “Bush hates blacks.”
On it went until the abomination hit a new low with Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, where Tim Russert’s angry grilling of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was disrespectful at best and yellow journalism at worst. After his soap-opera interview with tearful Jefferson Parish president Aaron Broussard, we had a clue as to why the leadership in Louisiana failed.
Meanwhile, out on the fringes of the far-left magic carpet, there were charges that Bush withheld aid because he needed the tragedy to divert the groundswell of dozens who support “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan, or to fill the coffers of his Halliburton buddies by allowing already high oil prices to skyrocket further. Guess his “war for oil” in Iraq isn’t working out so well in that regard after all.
Another theory recently posited by the tinfoil-hat crowd holds that Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist actually died weeks ago, but that Bush hushed up his death until Sunday in order to cover up his culpability for his plan to let thousands die in order to drive up oil prices, vent his racism, and silence the Peace Mom. Got it?
In a week that some will eventually call surreal but is more and more becoming a way of life in the “victimized” blue areas of the country, the left and its media are playing the dangerous game of class warfare. And as usual, when truth becomes the first casualty, the people will see through the deceptions.
Here in liberal Connecticut, it’s hard to find one person who feels that the people of Louisiana have been dealt with unfairly or along racial lines by the Bush Administration. Granted, there are many here who indeed loathe the President and his party but, like most of the liberal Northeast and even in California, the people seem to elect Republicans to statewide executive positions.
They know that in times of fiscal or physical disaster, it is the “Daddy” party that can be trusted to take quick and decisive action; the lack of which most certainly doomed the victims in New Orleans, as surely as Katrina’s unmerciful blows.
But the blame Bush gambit continues, at least until next Monday when the rescheduled John Roberts judicial hearings commence. Till then, the media will be sharpening their talons as the death of William Rehnquist has bought them another week of gratuitous finger-pointing and grievous hand-wringing.
And as they seek to flay Roberts as another knuckle-dragging, Bush black-shirt, the cries of the people of New Orleans will be just a distant memory. They’ve served their purpose.