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MEDIA SHIFTS BLAME ONTO OTHERS

Yes, I'm playing with Lara Jakes Jordan's shamelessly biased anti-Brown headline from yesterday.

But it also happens to be true, in a sense. Check out this story and how it's framed.

As an aside, as images go the AP's shot of those flooded buses would be hard to beat (the story we're blasting is an AP story). Yet the AP still hasn't done any serious follow-up on that part of the story, which their own photographer took the lead in breaking.

The framing has Compass taking the lead in rumor-mongering (which he did), then Nagin one-upping Compass (which he did), then the residents making up stuff (which some of them did). We have to wait until the fourth paragraph to learn that the media just passed all of this nonsense off without fact-checking any of it. Then we get a little mea culpa followed by some details from the NO PD (which probably isn't missing as many officers as once feared, since it can't miss officers that never existed--that angle is not in this AP story though).

No one forced the media to report, expand on, hyperventilate about, exaggerate and demand rolling federal heads from rumors. If the media reported rumors as fact, it is the media's fault. While congratulating themselves for speaking truth to power, the media actually just took one power's unreliable word for everything against another power--the power they chose to believe all had D's after their names while the powers spoken truth to all had R's. Yet by putting Compass and Nagin out front now, the blame for journalistic misconduct gets shifted away from actual journalists. And everyone now knows that Compass is out the door and Nagin is hanging by a thread. Both are expendable. Tellingly, the MSM still hasn't gone after Blanco though she participated in the same kinds of misconduct that Nagin and Compass exhibited. Blanco is not yet expendable. She may be after her testimony before Congress today.

Note, by the way, that the media will cut itself some slack now for all this misreporting (because it's Compass' and Nagin's fault) but won't then take a look at how the local officials' rumor mongering probably led to serious breakdowns in the federal-state-city interface. It's slack for me but not for thee. And ultimately it's all about the politics.

TOM DELAY AND TEXAS REDISTRICTING

In May of 2003 I examined the Texas redistricting plan drawn up by Tom DeLay. That plan is the source of most of the animus aimed at DeLay by the Democrats today. They simply can't stand that DeLay restored democracy to Texas, and have been trying to prosecute him out of office ever since.

As I said, I wrote that article in 2003. Since then, Texas Republicans have gained a majority of the state's House delegation. The bottom line is a Republican state is now represented by Republicans in Washington, and the Democrats tried to prevent that from happening. Their prevention didn't come in the form of articulating policies to attract Republican voters, but in a gerrymandered map that rigged elections all over the state. That is both un-democratic and un-American.

Tom DeLay led the charge to re-draw that map to one that more fairly reflects Texas voters' values. And good on him for doing it.

MORE: Ramesh Ponnuru, who should be the next Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, has a few more details about the 2003 Texas redistricting. Democrats are willfully misrepresenting the entire affair in order to paint DeLay as an election stealer. Redistricting began, though, with a Democrat attempt to subvert the will of the voters, and was forced on the Republicans by a federal three-judge panel.