Didn't an appeals court rule against the military on this and allow journalists in?
There was an article yesterday or the day before that said the court ruled against the military's attempt to keep journalists out.
Yes, Don't know if that was before or after this -- but if it was before, and Honore is simply saying "I don't care", then I'd like to see how many federal marshals the court can call to enforce their order.
I hope they will keep the cameras out.
I'd like to know the constitutional argument for saying I can't stay in my own home because it is too dangerous, but the news media can go wherever they want because of a "free press".
Maybe those who don't want to evacuate should write a little note, put "MY NAME PRESS" on the top, and post it at their door, and say "you can't take me, I'm covering the aftermath!!!"
HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- Rather than fight a lawsuit by CNN, the federal government abandoned its effort Saturday to prevent the media from reporting on the recovery of the dead in New Orleans.
Joint Task Force Katrina "has no plans to bar, impede or prevent news media from their news gathering and reporting activities in connection with the deceased Hurricane Katrina victim recovery efforts," said Col. Christian E. deGraff, representing the task force.
U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison issued a temporary restraining order Friday against a "zero access" policy announced earlier in the day by Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who is overseeing the federal relief effort in the city, and Terry Ebbert, the city's homeland security director.
In explaining the ban, Ebbert said, "we don't think that's proper" to let members of the media view the bodies.
The judge was to consider granting a permanent injunction Saturday when the government announced its decision not to fight CNN's lawsuit.
In an e-mail to CNN staff, CNN News Group President Jim Walton said the network filed the the lawsuit to "prohibit any agency from restricting its ability to fully and fairly cover" the hurricane victim recovery process.
.....Walton wrote, "CNN has shown that it is capable of balancing vigorous reporting with respect for private concerns."
Mods: I leave it up to your judgement -- if you think this thread should be pulled.