Since the storm hit, I’ve repeatedly said that 80% of what the media was reporting was flat wrong. They’re just now figuring that out. I knew 3 months ago that white people were disproportionally effected by the storm. And I was sitting in a hotel room in Memphis TN at the time. Over a week ago I blogged that More white people died per capita a fact just now getting around the blogosphere.
It was a point I made so well, it got plagiarized here.
Now the NY Times and the LA Times run front pages stories saying what I knew 3 months ago – that they were clueless all thru the storm.
One of the things the NY Times found was that, “Of those who failed to heed evacuation orders, many were offered a ride or could have driven themselves out of danger – a finding that contrasts with earlier reports that victims were trapped by a lack of transportation.” 3 months ago I tried to “bust the group think” by posting: “The Katrina Evacuation: A Phenomenal Success.
Back in September Kevin posted about the fact the reports of deaths was deeply flawed. For some reason that report didn’t tip the media they were blowing it.
So I’m glad Wizbang is no longer a voice in the wilderness. We’ve lead the way in other parts of the story too. From the fact that Katrina was probably a Category 1 storm by the time it hit New Orleans* to the fact Mayor Nagin had hundreds of busses that could have been used to evacuate the Dome and never used them. – Not to mention the Corps of Engineers posts.
Am I bragging? Yogi Berra said it ain’t braggin’ if you really done it. – And we’ve done it.
Glad to know the rest of the world is catching up.
* Katrina -should- go down in history as a Cat 1 by the time it hit New Orleans but it probably won’t. The last data I’ve heard (and it is pretty firm by now) is that 1 reporting station at the Lakefront Airport reported sustained winds of over 100 mph in a 2 minute window. So that makes it technically a Cat 2. That was the only reporting station in New Orleans to top 100 mph. In reality it was a strong Cat 1 but the record books have a built in inflation so it will probably be recorded as a Cat 2.