How Many More Katrina Stories Will Be Found To Be Inaccurate?

September 26, 2005

Oak Leaf sent me the link to this article about the misreporting of murders, among other things, at the Superdome. So, now we have the kind of backtracking on some of the atrocities at the Superdome and Convention Center, that is reminiscent of the story of looting of the Iraq Museum in the early days following the fall of Baghdad.

We also have the sensational story told to Tim Russert by a sobbing Aaron Broussard about the grandmother of his emergency services director who was left to drown by evil federal officials while her son was telling her daily from Monday through Friday, over and over again by phone, that help was coming. His story included finger pointing at the federal government and the Director of Homeland Security specifically for the death of the grandmother. The little problem with that story is that the grandmother died on Monday, August 29th, not Friday September 2, as a result of not being evacuated prior to the hurricane, not a result of being left to drown for five days. She was a resident at St. Rita’s nursing home whose owners have now been indicted with 34 counts of negligent homicide. Yesterday Tim Russert reinterviewed Aaron Broussard and corrected the record. The case was made to the American people in those first days following the hurricane, however, and Broussard’s original story was repeated in many other outlets.

The media also has a little problem reporting Democrat connections to those getting contracts for Katrina rebuilding, although Michelle Malkin and others alerted them to this issue weeks ago.

I could go on and on, but I suspect the trend is already apparent to most readers. Many in the media were praised for their Katrina coverage. Now, much of that reporting has been found to have been inaccurate. The reporters mastered the emotional part of reporting the storytelling, now if they could only address that pesky, trivial little matter of fact-checking.

UPDATE: John Hinderaker says it is time to investigate the press. I am right there with you, John. What do you think about a little revolution?

UPDATE 11:00: Bruce Kesler has an interesting idea about how to approach an investigation into the media coverage of Katrina.

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