WWL and the AP, our "news" sources
Putting the ill in shill
WWLTV.com and the Associated Press have stepped-up to the plate big time for Mayor Nagin, yet again. In an article outlining the Mayor's possible political future (link), our largest media outlet subtly makes its case for Mayor Nagin's reelection based upon a sort of cordial reception at a town hall meeting. Note this happens to be one town hall meeting which the Mayor actually attended, though 30 minutes late.
The usual arguments are put forth that the Federal government was responsible for the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, despite statements to the contrary within the City's own disaster plan. I'd reference said plan, had it not been removed from the City's website, but the New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness mission statement reads:
[OEP] is responsible for the response and coordination of those actions needed to protect the lives and property of its citizens from natural or man-made disasters as well as emergency planning for the City of New Orleans.
Yet, Mayor Nagin, despite the facts, believes he deserves credit for the, "1.5 million people ... evacuated from the New Orleans area...." And WWLTV.com and the AP let that statement and others stand unchallenged.
Well, not me.
First, Mayor Nagin is only responsible for the roughly 450,000 living in Orleans Parish. Second, of that much smaller number, between 50,000 and 100,000 remained in the City; not quite as impressive. Third, between 25,000 and 40,000 people filled Shelters of Last Resort, while 200-400 publicly-owned buses remained idle and subsequently waterlogged. Fourth, receiving cordial receptions at public meetings does NOT equal electoral support and it is irresponsible for any reporter to insinuate otherwise.
Finally, the author of this article, Kevin McGill, states that the "[Mayor Nagin's] tearful, anti-federal government tirade on live radio a few weeks ago was an aberration." I guess Mr. McGill didn't bother to look up the Oprah interview.