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Friday, September 09, 2005

So Full Of Shit

From Seatllepi.com:
Katrina Divides Rather Than Unifies U.S.

WASHINGTON - The extraordinary showing of national and political unity displayed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is nowhere to be found in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Finger pointing and blame games have replaced the images of stunned Americans rallying aroundPresident Bush and of members of Congress standing on the steps of the Capitol singing "God Bless America."
How soon they forget.
As I recall, there was all sorts of finger pointing and blame games after 9/11. Remember?
"Bush sat there a read a story as the world crashed down around him."
"The biggest difference here," he said, "is we don't have an enemy to focus our anger on."
I'll buy that. People nowdays would rather point fingers and blame someone than even consider it could be their own fault.
Daniel Laufer, who studies the public's response to crises, said the desire to place blame is natural. But it's harder, he says, for people to scapegoat a faceless intangible like Mother Nature as opposed to a real person like Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"That's a face you can point to, bin Laden," said Laufer, who teaches marketing at the University of Cincinnati. "A hurricane, Mother Nature, the environment, that is not something people want to blame."
In contrast, Bush's approval ratings shot up past 90 percent in the weeks after the terrorist attacks.

After 9/11, "There was a surge in patriotic feeling which had to do with being in a common boat," political psychologist Stanley Renshon says. While Hurricane Katrina horrified everyone, it directly damaged a particular region and not the nation as a whole.
Of course, there's more. But you get the idea.
People are always quick to blame, and the media seems quick to forget, especially when it suits their agenda.

I think the national media's credibility is plummeting just as fast as Bush's ratings.


shoes said...

as i recall bush also blamed the clinton administration

curmudgeon said...

Bush haters blamed Bush, Bush supporters blame Clinton. There's always enough blame going around.