Captain Corruption\'s Commentary

Monday, September 26, 2005

Newsflash! Media reports may have exaggerated a tad.

Remember all those reports a few weeks back about out of control murderous rapacious gangs at the and Convention Center. Well, there might have been just a wee bit of poor fact checking and sensationalism by the folks doing the reporting.

It turns out that there were a whopping four bodies recovered from the Convention Center, contradicting, it would seem, previous reports of bodies "piling up" inside. One of those bodies may have been slain. The rest died of disaster related causes.

Inside the Superdome six bodies were recovered... four having died of natural causes, one of an overdose and one a suicide.

"I think 99 percent of it is bulls---," said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Lachney, who played a key role in security and humanitarian work inside the Dome. "Don't get me wrong, bad things happened, but I didn't see any killing and raping and cutting of throats or anything. ... Ninety-nine percent of the people in the Dome were very well-behaved."

Dr. Louis Cataldie, the state Health and Human Services Department administrator overseeing the body recovery operation, said his teams were inundated with false reports about the Dome and Convention Center.

"We swept both buildings several times, because we kept getting reports of more bodies there," Cataldie said. "But it just wasn't the case."

Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan said authorities had confirmed only four murders in New Orleans in the aftermath of - making it a typical week in a city that anticipated more than 200 homicides this year. Jordan expressed outrage at reports from many national media outlets that suffering flood victims had turned into mobs of unchecked savages.

"I had the impression that at least 40 or 50 murders had occurred at the two sites," he said. "It's unfortunate we saw these kinds of stories saying crime had taken place on a massive scale when that wasn't the case. And they (national media outlets) have done nothing to follow up on any of these cases, they just accepted what people (on the street) told them. ... It's not consistent with the highest standards of journalism."

That's ok, don't fool yourself folks... this blog, that enjoys cutting and pasting the work of others as above, isn't consistent with the highest standards of journalism either. If only I could be consistent with the highest profit margins of corporate media.

Read the full report here.


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