Hurricane Katrina: Lies

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The following relates to lies surrounding Hurricane Katrina.

Also see the George W. Bush: Hurricane Katrina article for more information on many of the topics covered below.

Eight Big Lies

"Eight Big Lies About Katrina" was posted September 9, 2005, by Jeremy Schulman and Raphael Schweber-Koren of Media Matters for America:

  • "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."
  • "strained credulity in defense of Bush, claimed levee breaks and massive flooding came as a surprise -- more than 12 hours after local media reported them."
  • "Apparently, some time on Wednesday, people started to go to the convention center spontaneously."
  • "pointed fingers: 'New Orleans officials and the state officials ... called for the [New Orleans] Superdome to be the refuge of last resort.'"
  • "falsely minimized federal government's role in Katrina response as subordinate to states."
  • The Washington Post, Newsweek, Newt Gingrich "falsely claimed that [Louisiana Governor] Blanco did not declare a state of emergency."
  • Gingrich "falsely claimed that [New Orleans Mayor] Nagin could 'have kept water pumped out' of city had he ensured that pumps worked."

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."

In his September 1, 2005, interview with Paula Zahn on ABC's Good Morning America, Bush said "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees. They did anticipate a serious storm, but these levees got breached and as a result, much of New Orleans is flooded - and now we're having to deal with it, and we will."

"Whopper: George W. Bush. They've been 'anticipating' a levee breach since 1832," headlined the September 6, 2005, article by Slate's Timothy Noah.

"John Breaux, the former Democratic Louisiana senator and close Bush ally, rejected the president's claim that nobody anticipated the failure of the city's levees, saying he talked to Bush about it last year."

"New Orleans 'Dodged the Bullet'"

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