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Friday, September 02, 2005
Bush takes strong stand against starving, abandoned poor people
Landon, I couldn't find the transcript of the Bush speech you mentioned, but the Guardian this morning was had the following quote:
Mr Bush made no distinction between those looters and the criminals stealing electronic goods.

"I think there ought to be zero tolerance of people breaking the law during an emergency such as this, whether it be looting, or price-gouging at the gasoline pump or taking advantage of charitable giving," Mr Bush told ABC television. "If people need water and food, we're going to do everything we can to get them water and food. But it's very important for the citizens to take personal responsibility and assume kind of a civic sense of responsibility."

That's right ladies and gentleman, If there's a grocery store with food going to waste on the shelves, let it rot. Better to starve than to defy Mr. Bush's call to civic responsibility. Then again, Bush never has been too strong on gray areas.

Fortunately, starving, isolated people aren't too likely to listen to Bush or even have access to a telivision. But the media are certainly paying attention to them. And if their coverage so far is any indication, looting could become an inflammatory issue quite soon. Check out this photo collage: has an in depth discussion of the controversy. As Weiss points out, we shouldn't be surprised by blatant bias against poor. But it is incidents like this that make the underlying racism and hypocrisy a bit more visible. Check out Looters: Hunting for the only food there is over at blogcritics for a more in-depth discussion.

Seems like this could be the first stirrings of controversy to come. As pockets of survivors isolated by flood waters continue to scavenge for food wherever they can find it, will the media continue to condemn them as looters and vandals from their helicopters above?

P.S. Check out the letters to the editor about Katrina in today's Guardian.

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