Fox’s “Katrina Timeline” Omits Key Facts

Courtesy of Media Matters, Fox News tries to spin the devastating timeline that illustrates the total imcompetence of the Bush Administration by leaving off some key facts. Too bad the internet exists and we can find accurate timelines ourselves

The September 12 edition of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes included a deceptive on-screen Hurricane Katrina timeline that purported to cover developments in the storm and emergency response from August 24-30. Echoing a Bush administration official who falsely told The Washington Post that Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) failed to declare a state of emergency, Fox’s timeline omitted Blanco’s August 26 declaration of a state of emergency while including similar declarations by the Republican governors of Mississippi and Alabama. Similarly, the timeline echoed Bush administration claims that the levee breaks were unexpected: The timeline indicated that, on August 30, three New Orleans levees broke and “water poured into [the] city” but did not mention that two levees that broke on the morning of August 29, triggering catastrophic flooding.

Seriously, can’t we sue Fox News for this kind of shit? If Dan Rather can get fired for publishing a forged memo, can’t this fake bullshit from Fox be taken to court?

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