Media, Democrats Exaggerate Levee Warnings

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/

    Media, Democrats Exaggerate Warning of Levee Breaches
    By Jeff Johnson
    CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
    March 03, 2006

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    (CNSNews.com) - Critics of the Bush administration have promoted video of an Aug. 28, 2005, teleconference between emergency management officials and the president as proof that the White House was warned that levees around New Orleans would likely fail against Hurricane Katrina. But a closer examination of the recording and transcript shows no mention that the Crescent City's levees would be breached.

    The Associated Press (AP) broke the story on Wednesday, claiming that "federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees."

    The next day, Media Matters for America (MMFA), a liberal advocacy group that criticizes news outlets for their alleged conservative bias, took two of the country's largest newspapers to task for their coverage of the video. MMFA declared as fact that, "on the day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, President Bush was warned - and expressed concern - over the possibility that the levees in New Orleans would be breached by the storm."

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) joined the chorus of Bush critics later Thursday, claiming that, "During the briefing, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield told the President that the integrity of the levees was 'a very, very grave concern,' which the President appears to have ignored."

    The "grave concern" quote appears to have been taken from the Aug. 29 transcript of the meeting.

    "I don't think any model can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped, or not," Mayfield is quoted as saying. "But, that's obviously a very, very grave concern."

    Further comparison of the video to the transcript by Cybercast News Service indicates that Mayfield's quote, which was not transcribed accurately, came from a discussion of the possibility that water from Katrina's storm surge might flow over the tops of the levees, not that the levees might fail.
     
  2. Scott J

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    Is there any surprise that liberals will distort the facts to undermine Bush or any other conservative?

    The big surprise would be if Bush's gang actually got their PR effort going and gave a credible, powerful response. One of the things Bush has failed miserably on is countering his critics. He rightly doesn't trust the media. He knows that they are liberal and not his friends. Reagan recognized this too... but Reagan routinely made them look like fools. Bush is consistently made to look the fool... even when he is in the right.
     
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    Is there any surprise to see Bushbots defend his every screw up.
     
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    What screw up Terry? FEMA and DHS needed more power more control and more funding. I can't think of a better way for the government to get all that, than feigning ignorance and ineptitude the people will "buy it" every time.

    Government doing things right doesn't have nearly the same rewards.
     
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    If we can just get that long haired high school teacher from Colorado on this Forum to help out Terry, poncho, Ken, and like minded persons.
     
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    No need to worry about us OR as tyranny increases and becomes even more evident so will the resistance to it.

    Thank you for your concern just the same. ;)
     
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    I have nothing but confidence in you OR, you'll know when the price is right for you. :D
     
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    poncho

    Perhaps we can get ward churchill also! You know, the whacky prof at UC.
     
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    I'll take company with Poncho and Ken over OldRegular any day of the week! [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, but with poncho you get ward churchill and the long haired guy. :D :D :D
     
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    As I said in the other room, instead of bashing the president, we should be praying for him. Would any of us want people rubbing our name in the dirt, our character? The Bible nowhere tells us to talk about people behind their backs to scandalize their name. We are to pray for others. Encourage them in the ways of the Lord. Granted, 99% of us will never even get close to the president to encourage him, but 100% of us can pray for his safety and God's divine guidance and will for his life.
     
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    Thank you, Terry. [​IMG]
     
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    I'll take company with Poncho and Ken over OldRegular any day of the week!

    I think they're all fine fellas, poncho and Ken are just wrong sometimes.

    Well, a lot. :D
     
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    Prove it FTR. :D
     
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    Just open your eyes, read your posts, proof enough! :D :D :D
     
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    I've read em over a few times, It's really amazing the amount of documented evidence I've managed to place in them to support my position.

    Otoh, you've succeded in ignoring and/or trying to spin the bulk of it by making unfounded accusations with little to no evidence to support your own coincidence theories, what is that supposed to prove other than ignorance is bliss? :D :D :D
     
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    Me too. OldRegular might be a great guy, but I know Ken and Poncho will tell the truth to the best of their ability, regardless of where it goes.
     
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    I agree with standingfirm. We should always pray for our leaders whether or not we agree with them. Sometimes leaders we vote for (twice even) turn out to be a great dissappointment. That is why there are other elections.

    Old regular, notice standingfirm said pray for our leaders, not worship them.
     
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    I do worship my leader, Jesus Christ!
     
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    Sadly many of those on this Forum seem to have the same understanding of truth as that fellow who coined the phrase: "It depends on what the meaning of is is."
     

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