Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Context the media missed

Tonight on the O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly was going after Gov. Blanco for refusing to answer the question of when she requested federal aid for the state. It's a fair question and an apparent gag order on anyone who actually has the info is shameful. With the chaos in LA over the last week, it shouldn't be a state secret. I hope the national media will insist on getting an answer because state media doesn't seem too concerned. For the record, just a few days ago, when Miles O'Brien on CNN asked Gov. Blanco that same question, her answer was "I don't even know what day it is." On an unrelated note, as the feud between Blanco and NOLA mayor Nagin grows, no one seems to have recalled that Nagin, in a much-publicized move, supported Blanco's opposition in the last gubernatorial race. It may sound petty, but it's starting to look like it might be time to wonder if that decision is coming back to haunt Nagin. And if that's not the explanation, then what is? Finally, don't forget Congressman William Jefferson, the Congressional representative for New Orleans. Just a month ago it was reported that Jefferson was under investigation by federal authorities for taking money for favors. And a large sum of money was found in his freezer. Was the FBI's NOLA office waterproofed?