Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sounds Like the Red Cross Showed Up Later Than We Thought

According to CNN, a joint press conference with a Red Cross chapter official and Louisiana Homeland Security Deputy Director Col. Jay Mayeaux stated that the Red Cross did not make their offer to provide food, sanitation and other relief supplies for New Orleans until September 1st.
The National Guard began moving large quantities of food, water and ice into New Orleans and other damaged areas of southeast Louisiana on Wednesday, two days after the hurricane struck and a day before the Red Cross made its request to go in, Mayeaux said.
Yesterday, when Fox News reporter Major Garrett was interviewed on Hugh Hewitt's radio program, Hugh asked him,

HH: Now Major Garrett, on what day did they block the delivery?Do you know specifically?
MG: I am told by the Red Cross, immediately after the storm passed.
HH: Okay, so that would be on Monday afternoon.
MG: That would have been Monday or Tuesday. The exact time, the hour, I don't have.
That's great reporting, Mr. Garrett.....oh, Monday....or Tuesday....I don't have the exact time....

Well, it now appears that the day was Thursday, Mr. Garrett. September 1st was a Thursday....not a Monday or a Tuesday.

I suppose that it is possible that the Red Cross is in cahoots with the Louisiana Homeland Security outfit and is actively engaged in a major cover-up in order to protect......ah......well, I'm sure there must be some good reason for them to be flatly contradicting Major Garrett!

Perhaps, maybe, it is possible that Mr. Garrett took a non-specific comment, "immediately after the storm passed," and gave it legs it never really had.

If the Red Cross is telling the truth (have they ever lied to you before?) then it would appear that Mr. Garrett was putting more than his foot in his mouth in today's follow-up interview with Hewitt when he said,

I mean, Hugh, I've covered a lot of hard stories, and I've done a tremendous amount of hard digging in my journalistic career. I've got to be honest with you. This isn't an example of it. I mean, it was a pretty basic story. Ask a few core questions, get some core answers, read the state documents, add it up.
Ask a few questions?....What a great idea! Looks like Mr. Garrett forgot to ask the most important one.

Note: Although FoxNews' Major Garrett and Bill O'Reilly "broke" this story, their on-line news service does not even carry a mention of today's press conference! What's with that?