Sunday, September 04, 2005

The "Senior White House Official" Syndrome

From Kevin Drum:

FACTUALLY CHALLENGED....From the Washington Post today:


Tens of thousands of people spent a fifth day awaiting evacuation from this ruined city, as Bush administration officials blamed state and local authorities for what leaders at all levels have called a failure of the country's emergency management....As of Saturday, [Louisiana governor Kathleen] Blanco still had not
declared a state of emergency, [a] senior Bush official said.


Hmmm. Is this statement from a "senior Bush official" true? Why no. No it's not:

August 26: Blanco declares a state level state of emergency.

August 27: Blanco asks the president to declare a federal state of emergency for the state of Louisiana.

August 27: Bush declares a federal state of emergency for Louisiana.


Better liars please.

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