SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY. That's what I call "poll numbers". This is not a new trend but certainly more obvious and more damaging in the case of KKKatrina.
From the very first, the mainstream media blamed Bush. Not Nagin, who deserves jail. Not Blanco who deserves a recall, but Bush. Which BTW was ridiculous. But the media said it and kept saying it, and then they took a pol. This is what they do.
They politicize a story, inject their bile, report the meme over and over and over again and then take a poll.
The resulting poll results reflect what the American people have been told repeatedly 24/7.
Then the icing on the cake, The Democrat talking heads spend the following week, beginning every sentence with "The American people think" or "The American People are telling us............." and then that becomes the story. AMERICAN PEOPLE UNHAPPY WITH BUSH, LOWEST APPROVAL RATINGS OF HIS PRESIDENCY.
Of course, the American people are going to repeat what they mainstream media has been clubbing them with. The media is consistent in its Bush bashing passion.
Needless to say,in the case of Katrina it was particularly destructive to the American people.Why create a racial divide when there was none? Why ferment hate at a time when people need each other the most? Sick really sick.
And I am sure the limousine liberal reaction to the evacuees in this news segment will be typical of the lunatic left. They know better than those poor souls being manipulated by Karl Rove.
"The fact remains that this was a cataclysmic, epic natural disaster and great suffering was unavoidable" Dick Meyer
A word to the wise, IGNORE POLL (exit polls included). Oh and BTW, the Wall Street Journal weighs in on what the victims are really saying in Louisiana.
interesting about the angry messages is the choice of targets. The majority aren't about President Bush and the slow pace of federal assistance, for instance. Writers seem to be furious chiefly about the performance of local and state officials, specifically Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Messages blasting them for ineptitude during the crisis outnumber those about federal authorities.
Here's the great post here from Brent Baker over at Newsbusters..........and do go to the videotape
ABC News producers probably didn't hear what they expected when they sent Dean Reynolds to the Houston Astrodome's parking lot to get reaction to President Bush's speech from black evacuees from New Orleans. Instead of denouncing Bush and blaming him for their plight, they praised Bush and blamed local officials. Reynolds asked Connie London: "Did you harbor any anger toward the President because of the slow federal response?" She rejected the premise: "No, none whatsoever, because I feel like our city and our state government should have been there before the federal government was called in.” She pointed out: “They had RTA buses, Greyhound buses, school buses, that was just sitting there going under water when they could have been evacuating people."
Not one of the six people interviewed on camera had a bad word for Bush -- despite Reynolds' best efforts. Reynolds goaded: "Was there anything that you found hard to believe that he said, that you thought, well, that's nice rhetoric, but, you know, the proof is in the pudding?" Brenda Marshall answered, "No, I didn't," prompting Reynolds to marvel to anchor Ted Koppel: "Very little skepticism here.”
Reynolds pressed another woman: “Did you feel that the President was sincere tonight?" She affirmed: "Yes, he was." Reynolds soon wondered who they held culpable for the levee breaks. Unlike the national media, London did not blame supposed Bush-mandated budget cuts: "They've been allocated federal funds to fix the levee system, and it never got done. I fault the mayor of our city personally. I really do."
The MRC's Rich Noyes alerted me to the reactions ABC broadcast.
Hat tip: Veritas
BTW, Hugh Hewitt and Major Garrett are onto what should become a huge story. Apparently, the Red Cross was blocked by the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security from going into New Orleans with their supplies.