CBS Features Hurricane Victim Who Blasts Bush Over Weak Response Compared to Iraq

<img hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="media/2005-09-01-CBSENBushBash.jpg" />In the middle of a Thursday <i>CBS Evening News</i> story on the destruction in Slidell, Louisiana, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, reporter <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/10/28/broadcasts/main527207.shtml">Mark Strassmann</a> showcased a distraught man “with a message for the President” who blasted Bush for how he responded in Iraq while not doing so for Louisiana. Anthony Nata charged: &quot;You can go into Iraq and come in with big helicopters and set stuff up for people, but you can't do this for us? Come on, Bush. You can do better than that.&quot; <br /><br />Over video of flattened houses, Strassmann set up that soundbite from Nata: “This community is a landscape of loss -- subdivision after subdivision flattened or flooded. Police whisper to you they suspect hundreds of bodies in those homes. Anthony and Edith Nata now live in a lean-to by the side of the road with a message for the President.” <br /><br />Of course, going into Iraq took months of logistical and transport efforts. <br /><br /><b>Video</b>: <a href="media/2005-09-01-CBSENBushBash.rm">Real</a> or <a href="media/2005-09-01-CBSENBushBash.wmv">Windows Media</a>.<br /><br /><!--break-->

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center