Dear Politico

Is it really a ‘slam’ if the new administration (new administration!) has simply offered an honest account of how the previous administration (previous administration!) conducted itself during Katrina?

Ok, given your status as “ground zero for inside-the-beltway conventional wisdom,” as Howard Weaver put it, I suppose a superficial, conflict-pimping relay of the new approach towards NOLA being proposed by the Obama team is to be expected (to say nothing of the subsequent frothing gumbo of fauxtrage bubbling in the lunatic wing of the blogosphere).  Still, one would hope that one of the greatest disasters  in the history of the union to ever hit the US would warrant a more responsible treatment from the Fourth Estate, regardless of how much time has passed.

Yeah, I know — the pony is already in the mail.

With that said, I must admit that this kind of strained attempt to gin up a transition mini-scandal is a welcome change from the Whitewater 2.0 bollocks y’all tried hitching to the already-antiquated Blagobamarahmbogate nontroversy. If there’s one thing Washington definitely needs, it’s yet another beltway media outlet trying to carve a market niche as a (slightly) less-specious Capitol Hill Blue. Please, keep up the, um, good work.

wishing you hope in this era of commodified ‘change’,

matttbastard

2 Responses to “Dear Politico”

  1. God, if doing something right will be seen as a slam on the previous administration (PREVIOUS FUCKING ADMINISTRATION!), the only way Obama could get away with not slamming the Bush years is to do nothing at all.

  2. opit says:

    An honest account of the causes of Katrina is not something you’re going to see in the ‘Trance Media’ – starting with decades of dredging the Ole Miss ship channel and letting silt which should have replenished the delta go out into the gulf.
    I think I posted over at Bastard Logic – so will only suggest here a visit to Levees.org should prove instructive. If you want to go hogwild…see if I’m the only one who wonders if the Wikipedia entry for Hydraulic Empire is far too suggestive of possibilities for the Age of the Corporation ; and no anti-Monopoly enforcement to be seen.

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