Your Hurricane Katrina Weekend Potpourri

1. Christopher Fotos at PostWatch notes that Kanye West has company in WashPost columnist Colbert King. King also was offering his respect for Kanye on the talk show Inside Washington, and Charles Krauthammer quickly told him he was nuts. 2. The New York Times reports Katrina Vanden Heuvel of the "left-leaning" (make that "left-careening") Nation magazine "became incensed" when Rush Limbaugh picked up on NRO chatter and started calling the storm "Hurricane Katrina Vanden Heuvel." 3. Are rock stars trying to give us lectures as they sing on hurricane-relief benefits? Last night's mega-channel concert featured Neil Young sang his song "When God Made Me." The lyrics clearly show Young thinks that the problem with religion is that God tends to favor people who believe he exists. That, and religion is the reason for too many bloody wars. Some compare it to John Lennon's "Imagine," but Lennon wants no God, and Young just thinks He might be a Unitarian Universalist.4. Another popular song is Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927," which has those lyrics "they're trying to wash us away." Newman led off the mega-channel show with this tune on Friday night. Since this is about a 1927 flood, it is not a cousin to the Kanye West conspiracy theories. I've read that Aaron Neville sang it last week on NBC, and that "Meet the Press" ended with it last Sunday. However, it's completely wise to suspect some cynical leftism in Newman's music.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis