Michael Brown: "It's my belief that FEMA did a good job in the Gulf states."
Who's going to get a hold of the transcript of this guy's testimony and give it the fact check it deserves?
If anybody finds articles or <$NoAd$> blog posts with good fact-checks of this bozo's malarkey, send it in and I'll link.
I only got a few grafs into the Times run-down before I found this ...
He [Brown] said much of the criticism of FEMA has sprung from misunderstandings about its capabilities and true mission - "FEMA doesn't own fire trucks, we don't own ambulances, we don't own search-and-rescue equipment" - and that he had advised New Orleans residents on Sunday news shows, as the hurricane was closing in, to get out of town, even though the governor and mayor had not yet decided on evacuating the city.
Interesting. If you look at our Katrina Timeline
, you'll see that that Mayor Nagin issued a voluntary
evacuation order at 5 PM local time on Saturday. I think that means he'd decided to evacuate the city. He followed that up with a mandatory
evacuation order at 10 AM local time on Sunday morning.
In other words, Nagin had issued a voluntary evacuation order more than a dozen hours before Brown hit the airwaves. And the mandatory order was pretty much simultaneous with Brown's alleged TV-fest.
In and of itself this fib may not be the be all and end all. But I think it's pretty clear Brown's Sunday show voice crying in the wildnerness line is bogus. And certainly it's just the tip of the iceberg with this militant oaf.
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