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THE DEMOCRATS' KATRINA PROFITEER
MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 9/11/05 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 09/11/2005 3:32:49 PM PDT by Brian Mosely

From the "Bias? What liberal bias?" files...

On Saturday, CNN.com had a piece titled "Firms with White House ties get Katrina contracts:"

Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.

One is Shaw Group Inc. and the other is Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.

The Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group, CNN tells us, is a major corporate client of Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Among its Katrina-related contracts are this one valued up to $100 million from FEMA; and this one also valued up to $100 million from the Army Corps of Engineers.

But in their zeal to embarrass the Bush administration, CNN overlooks one very fat and inconvenient fact--and embarrasses only itself.

The Shaw Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate, is headed by Jim Bernhard, the current chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. Bernhard worked tirelessly for Democrat Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's runoff campaign and served as co-chair of her transition team. Another Shaw executive was Blanco's campaign manager. Bernhard is back-scratching chums with Blanco, whom he has lent/offered the Shaw Group's corporate jets to on numerous occasions.

So, why was none of this mentioned in CNN's Bush-profiteers-are-evil narrative?
Send them a clue here.

Fortunately for CNN, they weren't the only ones guilty of this glaring omission:

UPI failed to note that the CEO of the Shaw Group also happens to be the Louisiana Democratic Party chairman and beleaguered La. Gov. Kathleen Blanco's most influential crony.

So did the London Observer.

And Reuters/MSNBC. And the CBC.

And the NYTimes (reprinted in the Minnesota Star Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Scotsman, and scores of media outlets around the world).

Like I said: Bias? What liberal bias?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: contracts; deceit; halliburton; mediabias; rebuildingno; shawgroup

1 posted on 09/11/2005 3:32:49 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely

They also forgot to mention that Blank-O personally hired James Lee Witt Associates (clinton fema chief) before the bodies even sank.


2 posted on 09/11/2005 3:35:23 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Brian Mosely
The Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group, CNN tells us, is a major corporate client of Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Among its Katrina-related contracts are this one valued up to $100 million from FEMA; and this one also valued up to $100 million from the Army Corps of Engineers.

I understand, appreciate, and agree with Malkin's point here. Nonetheless, I can't help but also point out that this only further goes to show how the Democrat and Republican establishments are not really two separate establishments at all.

3 posted on 09/11/2005 3:36:48 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: inquest

Really? What I think it shows is that there are few corporations capable of doing this kind of work and many of their execs get involved in politics. Period.


4 posted on 09/11/2005 3:39:00 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: Brian Mosely
Next on CNN:

Bush funded the Halliburton Hurricane Generator that is doing a great job of reducing the democrat numbers in Florida and Louisiana!

5 posted on 09/11/2005 3:40:31 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Brian Mosely

I think this really shows that politics is tied to business and it does so all over the world.


6 posted on 09/11/2005 3:40:44 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: Brian Mosely
"Firms with White House ties get Katrina contracts:"

Who dreams up this crap? Bush and Cheney worked for a living... The most work Stainman did was work up a sweat humping women (excuse the French, John F'n Kerry).

Further, both the POTUS and VEEP have more money than they could ever want to spend in their lifetimes, or their children's lifetimes.

It will be interesting IF some news entity would compare and contrast W's exit from the WH to Stainman, AND their apologies of STEALING furniture and dinnerware!

*shaking head*

7 posted on 09/11/2005 3:42:10 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Brian Mosely

this is not unexpected...when that dude Abramoff was found guilty the headlines blared "DeLay contributor found guilty!".....of course tucked in the 4th sentence of the stories 11th paragraph was the fact he Abramoff also gave huge contributions to Harry Reid....which Reid would not return when posed with the diliemna...


8 posted on 09/11/2005 3:43:42 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Brian Mosely

Democrat leaders have a motivation to allow Louisiana infrastructure to be destroyed, so they can profiteer during the reconstruction.


9 posted on 09/11/2005 3:46:30 PM PDT by Tax Government (Put down the judicial insurrection. Contribute to FR.)
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To: marblehead17

ping


10 posted on 09/11/2005 3:54:32 PM PDT by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Gosh, I'm just so sure CNN doesn't have a clue about this, maybe we should all email them and let them know.


11 posted on 09/11/2005 4:01:39 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Brian Mosely
From CNN? Isn't that the Cadaver News Network, who want to televise all the dead as they are found and subjecting families to the bloated and rotting bodies of relatives?

MSM will do anything to garner Benjamins, including attracting ghoul viewers to raise the ratings. Hell, CNN with be doing snuff films next.

12 posted on 09/11/2005 4:14:13 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: inquest

"Nonetheless, I can't help but also point out that this only further goes to show how the Democrat and Republican establishments are not really two separate establishments at all."

You'd rather the Chinese do the work, IF they had the expertise these companies do?


13 posted on 09/11/2005 4:16:24 PM PDT by Smartaleck
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To: Brian Mosely

Fine. Give the contracts to Boudreaux & Thibodeaux Discount Builders.


14 posted on 09/11/2005 4:18:44 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Oh, that is too funny!


15 posted on 09/11/2005 4:24:23 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Cobra64

When Clinton entered the White House he owned an old 64 Mustang, When he came out he was a multi-millionaire, with White House furniture in his home.


16 posted on 09/11/2005 5:03:38 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Brian Mosely
The Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group

Call me stupid, but a Baton Rouge based company seems geographically suited for the job.

17 posted on 09/11/2005 5:08:40 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup
And so was Kellog Brown.
18 posted on 09/11/2005 5:29:10 PM PDT by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: Tax Government

'Democrat leaders have a motivation to allow Louisiana infrastructure to be destroyed, so they can profiteer during the reconstruction."

and ship most of their poverty to other states.


19 posted on 09/11/2005 5:57:18 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko
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To: the Real fifi
What I think it shows is that there are few corporations capable of doing this kind of work and many of their execs get involved in politics.

That doesn't contradict what I said.

20 posted on 09/11/2005 6:36:05 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: Smartaleck
It has nothing to do with what I'd rather. I was just making an observation.
21 posted on 09/11/2005 6:40:19 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: sgtbono2002
When Clinton entered the White House he owned an old 64 Mustang

LOL

Do you think he will ever get in bed with the '64 Mustang, aka "The Beast"?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

If I were he, I'd have kept the car. Series. He made a hugh misteak.

22 posted on 09/11/2005 7:02:41 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Cobra64

btt


23 posted on 09/12/2005 6:55:38 AM PDT by Republican Red (''Van der Sloot" is Dutch for ''Kennedy.")
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