Clinton, Blair, NY Congressman Criticize Katrina Coverage

<p>Peter King (R-NY) the new chairman of the House of Representatives' homeland security committee blasted the media's coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. King made his remarks on the <a href="http://wmet1160.com/artman/publish/lindachavez.shtml">radio program</a> of Linda Chavez while being interviewed by substitute host Steve Malzberg. NewsMax.com <a href="http://newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/9/15/234104.shtml">picked up his remarks</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The FEMA of ten years ago certainly did not do any better job under much less comparable circumstances than FEMA did this time. [...]<br /><br />&quot;Of everyone involved, certainly they were the least culpable,&quot; the House Homeland chief said. &quot;I think the main fault was the state and city of New Orleans - they did a terrible job.&quot;<br /><br />The New York Republican added: &quot;Our response plans are based on the premise that the local first responders will handle the initial onslaught. We weren't expecting that the local government would do absolutely nothing.&quot;</p></blockquote>
<p>According to <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/blair-tells-murdoch-bbc-antiamerican/20... article</a>, British PM Tony Blair and former U.S. president Bill Clinton feel the same way about the BBC's Katrina coverage. </p>
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<p>As Clinton puts it: &quot;There is nothing factually inaccurate. But ... it was designed to be almost exclusively a hit on the federal response, without showing what anybody at any level was doing that was also miraculous, going on simultaneously in a positive way.&quot;</p><p>Blair's remarks, as summarized by media mogul Rupert Murdoch: &quot;It was just full of hate of America and gloating about our troubles.&quot;</p>

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