Time to start screaming
Everyone's blogging about the efforts to bar the press from the NOLA rescue-cleanup. Josh Marshall perhaps says it best:
At first the evidence was scattered and anecdotal. But now it's pretty clear that a key aim of the Bush administration's takeover of the NOLA situation is to cut off press access to report the story.Remember, this is the gang that had no problem with 'embedding' reporters in combat units, the better to glorify their 'liberation' of Iraq. But the streets of an American city are off limits?
...But a blanket ban serves only to prevent the public from knowing what really happened. And the right of FEMA or the federal government at all on American soil to issue such a ban seems highly dubious to me. It's one thing with military casualties: the military operates under its own legal code and not under normal civilian rules. But this is happening on American soil. It's not a war zone. It's recovery from a natural disaster.
This is a domestic, natural disaster. Absent specific cases where members of the press would interfere or get in the way of some particular clean up operation or perhaps demolition work there is simply no reason why credentialed members of the press should not be able to cover everything that is happening in that city.
It's time to start screaming:
WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO HIDE?