Looks like the AP just had itself another Rather moment:
Clarification: Katrina-Video story
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 (and so does the fucking dictionary — ed). The story should have made clear that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees (which, of course, there’s not one damned thing Bush or any other President could have imaginably done anything about anyway, short of surrounding NOLA with a twenty-foot high and four-foot thick seawall, which I suppose the Bush-hatred-deranged would probably consider perfectly reasonable — ed), 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.
In other words, we lied, we knew we were lying, and we waited as long as we possibly could to correct our lie so as to ensure we did as much PR damage as possible to a President we despise. This is what is known in MSM quarters as “reporting the news.” Or, put a kinder, gentler way:
So on a Friday night, the AP finally decides to issue this half-hearted retraction — after its clients have run what turned out to be an entirely false story for most of the week. The AP has, over time, drifted from its initial mission to report news and instead has embraced partisan cheapshotting. Any editor who actually reviewed the video or read the transcripts would have immediately realized that no one talked about levee breaches at all. This vaunted system of editors and fact-checking at Exempt Media outlets failed yet again, and yet again the hack job that emerged was intended to damage George Bush.
This pattern looks all too familiar.
Indeed it does: it looks perfectly typical of what passes for “journalism” these days, as practiced by the dishonest propagandizing hacks of the Loathsome-Left Media. On the Katrina story at least, they’ve done such a fine job of establishing abject falsehood as received wisdom in the minds of that gullible fraction of the public that still believes a word they say — a fraction that, thankfully, is getting smaller every day — that there’s scarcely any point in even attempting to discuss it anymore with those Loons who still believe in the Old-Media Easter Bunny.