The MSM is creeping away from its doom-laden forecasts of the disruption and deaths caused by Katrina. As it turns out that deaths were mercifully fewer and the City bounces back, their credibility will be toast.
On September 4 we were told:
New Orleans will have to be abandoned for at least nine months, and many of its people will remain homeless for up to two years, the US government believes.
I’d like to meet this savvy “US government”, because today it seems that he/she was a tad pessimistic:
…New Orleans’s business leaders and power brokers are concocting big plans, the most important being reopening the French Quarter within 90 days.
Also under discussion are plans to stage a scaled-down Mardi Gras at the end of February and to lobby for one of the 2008 presidential nominating conventions and perhaps the next available Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl will be a stretch, but the rest is what our friends who live there were saying a week ago.
On September 5:
New Orleans’ mayor warned that 10,000 people may have died.
This was obvious nonsense and I showed yesterday that the maximum was 2,000 for the entire hurricane across all states – it will probably be 1,000. Today the feet on the street are headed the same direction:
“Some of the catastrophic deaths that some people predicted may not have occurred,” said Col. Terry Ebbert, the city’s homeland security chief. He declined to give a revised estimate. But he added: “Numbers so far are relatively minor as compared to the dire projections of 10,000.”
It’s worth reflecting on why the 10,000 and the 9 months are out there and why they were so eagerly picked up.
1. The Mayor was culpable for the suffering of the people he left trapped in the awful Superdome and Convention Center. He wants to hide that disaster with a greater one.
2. The European MSM is driven by Schadenfreude – pleasure in the misfortunes of others – specifically in the misfortunes of Americans, who they hate and fear.
3. The lefty US MSM wants to hurt the President, and the bigger the damage and death, the worse he appears.
4. Congress wants to spend more tax dollars, and the bigger the disaster, the better.
None of which explains why none of these groups had the wit to run the numbers – all they needed was a bit of historical context, knowledge of New Orleans and basic math.
Now they are going to be revealed as the alarmist, blood-hungry defeatists they are – it’s soo sad….