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Friday, September 16, 2005

But, but he cried...

With all the Katrina news reports and blame games going around, perhaps you saw Aaron Broussard's tearful breakdown on Meet The Press, or saw a video that made its way around the internet. The crying moment came at this point:

"The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in a St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, 'Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?' And he said, 'Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday.' And she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night."

The first time I saw this was in an online forum. Several commented that this was important for everyone to see. Before his breakdown he severely criticized the Federal response and praised the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of New Orleans.

My comment, was - "ok, he cried, that must mean that everything he says is accurate to the nth degree and the only problems were at the federal level. I was called an ass for that, which basically proved my point.

Now, we have this from

Broussard claims Rodrigue was talking to his mother for four days after she died, promising her some nebulous "cavalry" was on the way. His story doesn't jibe with the reporting of CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, or even Thomas Rodrigue's own account.


To their credit, even issued a correction after initially reporting on Broussard's accusations:

So, assuming the MSNBC story is accurate, Broussard’s story was at least significantly embellished... Broussard, for all the apparent sincerity in his emotional on-air breakdown, was willing to lie in order to make his story work better as political theater, which in turn makes it harder for me to credit the rest of the slow-FEMA-response anecdotes he described.

I won't be as kind. At best, I think Aaron Broussard is the political equivalent of a price gouger; taking advantage of a tragedy in order to gain political capital. He may very well be purposely trying to blame someone's death on an innocent party (or parties). Either way, it's despicable.

I suppose I am being an ass again by making sure others see this information. Afterall, he cried, and that means he cannot be questioned. I wonder, if I were to cry while defending Christianity, would that mean my arguments could not be questioned, or that if you do object, you are just being an ass?
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