"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Friday, October 07, 2005

"These Are Not the Droids You're Looking For" 

Via Holden, we learn that Karl Rove is not in charge of the federal government's post-Katrina operations, as previously reported:
Q One more, more or less unrelated. It's been reported in several places that Rove is the point man to taking charge of the hurricane recovery. Is that the case?

MR. McCLELLAN: No. That's false.

Q Is there such a person?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't think anyone ever checked that. It just was one of those things that started appearing, and no one ever bothered to check it.

Whoa, time to do some Googling! I made a half-hearted attempt at it myself, and it seems that all of the zillion or so references to Rove being appointed Katrina czar are sourced to one article in the New York Times or, in the alternative, to Dan Froomkin's citation of the Times article in the Washington Post. And, indeed, the Times account appears to be poorly sourced:
Republicans said Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff and Mr. Bush's chief political adviser, was in charge of the reconstruction effort.

But - the Times story ran almost a month ago, and has been widely quoted and discussed since that time, but no one from the White House saw fit to "correct" the record before today. Funny, that.

Anyway, that's not the worst part. Picking up from where we left off above, Scottie goes on:
Q Is anyone in charge [of the Katrina response]?

MR. McCLELLAN: The President.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.




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