- Making News: Former FEMA Chief Defends Role in Hurricane Katrina Response
Former Director of FEMA Michael Brown got a tough grilling from Congressmen of both parties at the first hearing on what went wrong in the federal response to Katrina. Connecticut Republican Christopher Shays said Brown failed to coordinate with local officials." Robert Block, who is covering today's hearing for the Wall Street Journal, says Brown essentially laid the blame at the feet of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.
- Reporter's Notebook: News Accounts Mayhem at the Superdome Were Overstated
"Inflated body counts, unverified 'rapes,' and unconfirmed sniper attacks" were just some of the "myths" and rumors recycled and amplified by the media. The current editor of the Times-Picayune says that would not have happened if the hurricane victims had been "middle-class white people." Former reporter, columnist and editor Keith Woods is now Dean of Faculty at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school in Florida.
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