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AP FRIDAY NIGHT CLARIFICATION ON BUSH/KATRINA VIDEO ('OVERTOPPED' NOT 'BREACHED')
The AP via The Drudge Report ^ | March 3, 2006

Posted on 03/03/2006 4:51:36 PM PST by new yorker 77

Clarification: Katrina-Video story ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) _ In a March 1 story, The Associated Press reported that federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S. officials.

The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees, rather than the levees breaking.

The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn't until the next morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that briefing.


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1 posted on 03/03/2006 4:51:39 PM PST by new yorker 77
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To: Clintonfatigued; AliVeritas

FYI


2 posted on 03/03/2006 4:53:41 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: new yorker 77

AP is a disgrace to the "profesion" of journalism.


3 posted on 03/03/2006 4:54:07 PM PST by tomahawk (Proud to be an enemy of Islam)
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To: new yorker 77

Another "Fake, But Accurate" story...


4 posted on 03/03/2006 4:54:21 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: new yorker 77
"Bush did not participate in that briefing."

Of course not. To the AP he does nothing...

Overunning...

BUSH'S FAULT!

Breaching...

BUSH'S FAULT!

Enough already.
5 posted on 03/03/2006 4:54:32 PM PST by jdm (Ports Deal: Why not just let Qaddafi water your flowers?)
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To: new yorker 77

This is SOP. Smear people during the week and then publish the truth on Friday or on the weekend when no one is watching.

I'm sure we all remember Hillary in the Pink dress on the Friday afternoon.


6 posted on 03/03/2006 4:54:35 PM PST by putupjob
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To: tomahawk

The Friday night dump after the lying smear is the cherry on the media bias sundae.


7 posted on 03/03/2006 4:54:41 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: new yorker 77

Ah, yes... dump it out on Friday night when about 100 people are looking at the news.


8 posted on 03/03/2006 4:55:42 PM PST by ruschpa
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To: new yorker 77
They lied, now they're just removing the lie fromthe permanent record. Deceitful AND accurate.


9 posted on 03/03/2006 4:56:09 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: new yorker 77

"AP via Drudge" doesn't give it any more credibility. The AP is part of the MSM and therefore cannot be trusted. Sometimes I'd rather be uninformed than misinformed.


10 posted on 03/03/2006 4:56:50 PM PST by caisson71
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To: new yorker 77
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11 posted on 03/03/2006 4:57:28 PM PST by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: caisson71

"Sometimes I'd rather be uninformed than misinformed."

Since you're aware that you're misinformed you're actually not misinformed at all.


12 posted on 03/03/2006 4:58:18 PM PST by jdm (Ports Deal: Why not just let Qaddafi water your flowers?)
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To: new yorker 77

This is unheard of, and I think you can thank the new media, and Brit Hume for this correction.


13 posted on 03/03/2006 4:58:54 PM PST by lawnguy (Give me some of your tots!!!)
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To: new yorker 77

This damn correction better be FRONT PAGE/LEAD STORY of every stinking rag and newscast that carried it so prominently. Even the IDIOTS on my "conservative" talk radio were saying how bad this was the other morning when it broke. But just like the BS "ARABS BUYING OUR PORTS" story, there is no there there.

I'm so sick of it.


14 posted on 03/03/2006 4:59:10 PM PST by pissant
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To: new yorker 77

I notice this one does not contain the line, "The AP regrets the error."


15 posted on 03/03/2006 4:59:14 PM PST by JennysCool (Liberals don't care what you do, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: new yorker 77
AP: Bush Warned Levees Would be Breached!

AP: Correction. Nevermind.

16 posted on 03/03/2006 4:59:31 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: new yorker 77

Yet again the Ass. Press provides proof that the MSM is collapsing. Don't they know they can no longer get away with this? The only problem is that the Bush administration is too gutless to call these yellow journalist for the liars that they are.


17 posted on 03/03/2006 4:59:42 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!!)
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To: new yorker 77

Oh, my heart. I'm havin' the big one!


18 posted on 03/03/2006 5:00:02 PM PST by Socratic (Tell the libs: Beating a dead horse is not the same as tenderizing a steak.)
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To: new yorker 77; abb; alnick; AzaleaCity5691; bayourant; BerniesFriend; bigeasy_70118; Bitsy; ...
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19 posted on 03/03/2006 5:01:04 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: jdm; putupjob
Off topic note: You two became freepers on the same day three years apart.
20 posted on 03/03/2006 5:01:28 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: Roscoe Karns

So true.


21 posted on 03/03/2006 5:01:58 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: rottndog
I actually saw a picture of the President carrying around a copy of Bernie Goldberg's Bias. This was pre-9/11. I'll see if I can find it...
22 posted on 03/03/2006 5:02:16 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: lawnguy

Did Brit do this on the grapevine??


23 posted on 03/03/2006 5:02:51 PM PST by pissant
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To: Socratic
Oh, my heart. I'm havin' the big one!


24 posted on 03/03/2006 5:03:17 PM PST by jdm (Ports Deal: Why not just let Qaddafi water your flowers?)
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To: new yorker 77

And today they played an audioclip in which Blanco stated that the levees had not been breeched, when in fact they had. Just one lie after another.


25 posted on 03/03/2006 5:03:22 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Gordongekko909

26 posted on 03/03/2006 5:03:22 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: new yorker 77

Did they report the person who pushed the story (at the AP)used to be at 60min II before getting fired over the Rather debacle??


27 posted on 03/03/2006 5:03:22 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (I'm in no Al-Samood for this Shi'ite.)
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To: new yorker 77
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28 posted on 03/03/2006 5:03:43 PM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: FreedomNeocon

Who was that?


29 posted on 03/03/2006 5:03:45 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: new yorker 77

Brit Hume referred to this problem with the AP report several times during his program. Brit seemed really peeved at AP. FOX news reported the difference between the AP account and what really went on.

Brit also complained that AP incorrectly reported that the videos were just released. He stated that all the news agencies, including FOX, had been at these conferences and had access to the video.


30 posted on 03/03/2006 5:04:35 PM PST by the_Watchman
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To: new yorker 77

Thanks. I've been lurking since November 1997, though. Ha! { I wish }


31 posted on 03/03/2006 5:04:43 PM PST by jdm (Ports Deal: Why not just let Qaddafi water your flowers?)
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To: rottndog
Here it is.


32 posted on 03/03/2006 5:04:52 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: new yorker 77

33 posted on 03/03/2006 5:05:28 PM PST by Libertarian444
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To: rottndog

Bush said the other day how pleased he was with the rise of the alternative media, and he carried Bias (Bernie Goldburg?) prominently for th ecameras a couple few years back. He doesn't need to call them liars, that's our job.


34 posted on 03/03/2006 5:05:54 PM PST by pissant
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To: Gordongekko909

35 posted on 03/03/2006 5:05:58 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: new yorker 77

Heh. My user ID rules.


36 posted on 03/03/2006 5:06:46 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: new yorker 77
Olbermann: A red herring; too complicated

NY Daily News Tom DeFrank: WH simply fuzzying up reality; pure semantics

37 posted on 03/03/2006 5:07:27 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: pissant

Correct! See 26 and 32.


38 posted on 03/03/2006 5:07:35 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Gordongekko909
That movie Wall Street was good.

Now we get Sheepback Mountain.
39 posted on 03/03/2006 5:07:52 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: Gordongekko909

I win.


40 posted on 03/03/2006 5:08:06 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: pissant

Yes it is our job, and I am more than happy to do it


41 posted on 03/03/2006 5:08:37 PM PST by scratcher
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To: hole_n_one

Olbermann is hated at ESPN.


42 posted on 03/03/2006 5:08:42 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: Gordongekko909; meanie monster

Thankyou. But post 28 takes the cake. ROFL!!!


43 posted on 03/03/2006 5:09:48 PM PST by pissant
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To: hole_n_one
I have been dishonored.


44 posted on 03/03/2006 5:10:17 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: new yorker 77

The AP is getting to be as bad as SeeBS...or is it the other way 'round?? :)


45 posted on 03/03/2006 5:10:18 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (New SeeBS-News promo theme: If the facts don't fit, we'll make up sh*t.)
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overtopped
46 posted on 03/03/2006 5:10:58 PM PST by ForYourInformation
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To: pissant

I get pics from pookie18's toons!


47 posted on 03/03/2006 5:11:22 PM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: new yorker 77
Does anyone else besides me remember some of the first reports out that hurricane Katrina missed most of N.O. and the people were revelling and carrying on on Bourbon St? Some bars never closed. If my memory serves me correctly,my first impressions of reports were that N.O. was spared?

I was glued to the tv in the days preceding as they had this one pegged as a cat5.

48 posted on 03/03/2006 5:12:37 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (If you right click on Madeline Albright's image, my name should show up!)
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MSNBC Versus NBC: Bush Caught in Lie
or Vindicated by Video?

MSNBC versus NBC News. MSNBC's David Shuster, at the top of Thursday's Hardball, and NBC's Lisa Myers at the start of the NBC Nightly News, played the identical soundbites from Max Mayfield of the National Hurricane Center warning, on Sunday August 28, about his "grave concern" the levees in New Orleans could be "topped," and a clip of President Bush four days later maintaining that "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." But they used the soundbites to prove opposite assessments. Shuster contended that Mayfield's video "seems to contradict what President Bush said about Katrina" since Mayfield's warning "clearly" means that "the President's team did anticipate the breach."

Lisa Myers, however, recognized the meaning of words and how water flowing over a levee, topping it, is not the same thing as a breaching, the collapse of a levee, which is what occurred. Myers explained: "Today Mayfield told NBC News that he warned only that the levees might be topped, not breached, and that on the many conference calls he monitored, 'nobody talked about the possibility of a levee breach or failure until after it happened.'"

[This item was posted Thursday night on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org. To post your comments, go to: newsbusters.org ]

Shuster's story first ran at the start of the 5pm EST airing of Hardball, which MSNBC re-ran on tape at 7pm EST. In the Washington, DC market, where the NBC Nightly News runs at 7pm, that meant the two stories ran at the exact same time.

The MRC's Brad Wilmouth provided transcripts of the relevant portion of Shuster's piece and the entirety of the Myers story:

# MSNBC's Hardball, March 2. David Shuster:
"It's a videotape that seems to contradict what President Bush said about Katrina. Four days after the storm hit, with most of New Orleans underwater and thousands of people stranded at the Convention Center, the President scrambled to defend the federal government's response."
George W. Bush at the White House, on ABC's Good Morning America, September 1: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
Shuster: "But clearly the President's team did anticipate the breach. This teleconference video from the day before the storm reached New Orleans shows the President was warned the breach was possible, and the tape shows the President's team openly worried about the outcome. Max Mayfield, a leading hurricane expert, warned of massive devastation [brief inaudible sound of Mayfield]. Then, Mayfield directly addressed the reliability of the levees."
Max Mayfield, National Hurricane Center, during August 28 video conference: "I don't think anyone can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not, but that's obviously a very, very grave concern."
Shuster: "From his Texas ranch, President Bush tried to reassure local officials that the federal government was ready."
Bush, from his Texas ranch, by video: "I want to assure the folks at the state level that we are fully prepared to not only help you during the storm, but we will move in whatever resources and assets we have at our disposal after the storm."...


# NBC Nightly News, March 2. Anchor Campbell Brown led:
"Good evening. Tonight, a reality check. We are taking 'A Closer Look' at those tapes of meetings between top government officials, both before and after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. With all the finger pointing going on now, it is worth asking whose statements really hold up. NBC News today obtained a new videotape of the conversations that were going on behind the scenes among state and federal officials the day Katrina hit. The tape shows some contradictions between what former FEMA director Michael Brown was saying at the time and what Brown told Brian Williams in a recent interview. We will speak with Brown again in a moment, but first here's NBC's senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers."

Lisa Myers began: "NBC News has now obtained the videotape of a key private meeting between federal and state officials on Monday, August 29, the day Katrina hit. Though Michael Brown has been critical of the President, the tape shows Brown praising the President that day, saying they'd already talked twice."
Michael Brown, audio: "He's asking questions about reports of breaches. He's asking about hospitals. He's really engaged asking a lot of really good questions."
Myers: "Yet, Brown told Brian Williams last week that he repeatedly and emphatically warned how bad Katrina would be, but no one listened."
Brown, in February 24 interview: "I want to jam up supply lines. I want to cut the bureaucratic red tape. I want it 'balls to the wall,' was the phrase that I used, in doing everything we could."
Myers: "Tapes and transcripts don't reflect that colorful expression, but Brown does repeatedly sound the alarm and push for action. Sunday:"
Brown, video from August 28: "My gut tells me, I told you guys my gut was that this is a bad one and a big one."
Myers: "Monday:"
Brown, audio from August 29: "I want everyone to recognize, and I know I'm preaching to the choir of everybody here, how serious the situation remains."
Myers: "As for the President, on Thursday, September 1st, four days after Katrina hit, he said this:"
George W. Bush, on the September 1 Good Morning America: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
Myers: "On a conference call, which President Bush participated in as Katrina approached, hurricane expert Max Mayfield said this:"
Max Mayfield, by video in the August 28 video conference: "I don't think anybody can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not, but that's obviously a very, very grave concern."
Myers: "Today Mayfield told NBC News that he warned only that the levees might be topped, not breached, and that on the many conference calls he monitored, 'nobody talked about the possibility of a levee breach or failure until after it happened.' In the new tape obtained by NBC from Bush supporters, a senior White House official asked Louisiana Governor Blanco how the levees are holding up."
Governor Kathleen Blanco (D-LA), audio from August 29: "We keep getting reports in some places that maybe water is coming over the levees. We've heard a report unconfirmed. I think we've heard that we have not breached the levee. We have not breached the levee at this point in time."
Myers: "We now know that an hour before Blanco's assessment, a FEMA official alerted superiors to reports that at least one levee had failed, information which didn't reach the White House until almost midnight. Lisa Myers, NBC News, New Orleans."

http://www.mrc.org/cyberalerts/2006/cyb20060303.asp#1


49 posted on 03/03/2006 5:15:04 PM PST by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
Does anyone else besides me remember some of the first reports out that hurricane Katrina missed most of N.O. and the people were revelling and carrying on on Bourbon St? Some bars never closed.

We all do.

50 posted on 03/03/2006 5:15:30 PM PST by hole_n_one
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