September 03, 2005

The Potemkin Village Idiot Strikes Again

From Kevin Drum in The Washington Monthly:
There was a striking discrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV.

ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.

The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.

Lately it seems as though the US media has reached back and rediscovered its spine. I hope they'll follow up on this if it's true.

Update - September 7, 2005
But wait... there's more!

And a friend wrote to compliment me on the wordsmithing of "Potemkin Village Idiot". I googled it and found that the phrase has only been used three times before and I'm the first to apply it to Bush. It seems so completely appropriate. Pass it on!



At 6:23 AM, Ann said...

That was interesting. I plan to research the term and indeed pass it on! My sister and other family members have been terribly traumatized by New Orleans. My sister is/was a school principal and her husband a dean. Their home was 10 feet under water. They did get out but were given a voucher for an apartment in a "very low rent area of Little Rock, Arkansas" even after they located more suitable housing. They were told the govt voucher is worth $900/month for one year and we will not allow you to pay the difference to live in a higher rent area! and they want people to get back on their feet?? by keeping them 1 foot within being 6 feet under?


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