The night the lights went out in Louisiana

This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.

NBC anchor Brian Williams reports that after the president left town, so did the power:

I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It’s enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it… jump to certain conclusions.

Williams’ blog has been consistently candid and impressive since the Katrina catastrophe began. On The Daily Show last week, Williams talked with Jon Stewart about his profound shock as a journalist at the gap between the official version of the story and what he saw. (Apparently my own faith in mainstream media has been so evaporated that this — a major news anchor professing profound shock at being lied to by officials — completely shocked me.)


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