Monday, September 05, 2005

Criticism of Federal Response to Katrina

It has been difficult for me to do fair comparisons about the Hurricane Katrina stories since there have been numerous articles which are being continually updated. However, today I looked at some coverage of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Could there be bias in coverage of the federal response to make President Bush and/or his administration look bad or good?

CNN devoted to an article to Chertoff’s comments at a news conference Saturday in which he is quoted as saying the combination of the storm and the levee breaks was a surprise. CNN offers contradictions to Chertoff’s arguments in defense of the federal response. The headline and sub-headline sum up the gist of the article: “Chertoff: Katrina scenario did not exist; However, experts for years had warned of threat to New Orleans.” I could not find reference on Fox News to Chertoff’s statements.

[CNN link: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/03/katrina.chertoff/index.html]

CNN also covered on Sunday a Times-Picayune newspaper editorial that was not covered on FoxNews.com. Here were the headlines from CNN: “New Orleans paper rips federal response; Times-Picayune: Everybody at FEMA should be fired.” Is CNN going out of its way to bring up criticism of the federal response? Fox News is covering the criticism but are they downplaying it at all?

[CNN Link: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/04/katrina.blame/index.html]

2 comments:

Phentermine said...
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FindRentals said...

I think the media is doing an "ok" job trying to keep the issue neutral but I sense a stench of bias towards Bush

I've seen way too many blogs lately bashing bush for a catastrophe that was unprecidented. Fact of the matter is, this was a failure on all parts including the citizens.

Im particularly angered by those who sit and blame bush for being on vacation. Everyday, people are looking for another way to negitively plublicize bush and its getting really redundant.