Friday, September 16, 2005

Retractions you probably didn't see

I'm not at all surprised by any of the following corrections, so I thought I'd pass them on:

Last Sunday, the Times-Picayune reported the Mayor Nagin had purchased a home in Dallas, suggesting that he didn't see any future in New Orleans. Today the paper issued a retraction: he didn't buy a house, he rented a condo for his wife and children, then returned to work in New Orleans.

Previously, many news sources reported that the Mayor hadn't even stayed in the city during the hurricane and its aftermath, making reference to the fact that his office had been "relocated outside of the city." Later, these reports were corrected--his physical office had been set up in a safe place, but the mayor remained in the city.

The Washington Post,on September 4th, reported that Governor Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency. Later they retracted this statement (attributed to an unnamed Bush administration official): "A Sept. 4 article on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina incorrectly said that Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) had not declared a state of emergency. She declared an emergency on Aug. 26." That's the Friday BEFORE the storm. She requested federal assistance on the 27th--two days BEFORE the storm. Incidently, the same Post article details the reasons why the Bush administration tried to force the state into signing over all authority to them: "'Quite frankly, if they'd been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals,' said the source, who does not have the authority to speak publicly."

And finallly, from my friends at the Lousiana SPCA, an answer to questions based on a CNN report that they were bypassing animals in order to rescue only pets on their "list" of animals whose resuce had been requested by owners:
"Animals on the rescue list at times do have priority, although, these are far from the only ones being rescued and housed at the temporary shelter. The people who have called in making a specific request to rescue their pet will be prepared to come and get their animal. This will free up much needed space and resources to save more. Due to the circumstances, many of the pets locked in homes have a very limited supply of food and water. They also have owners willing to remove them as soon as possible. All the animals need saved. We are doing what is necessary to save as many as possible."

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