Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Your leaders have everything under control

Frightening if true:

Now comes this post from Brian Williams, which suggests a general effort to bar reporters from access to many of the key points in the city. [Superdome, Convention

Take a moment to note what's happening here: these are the marks of repressive government, which mixes inefficiency with authoritarianism. The crew that couldn't get key aid on the scene last week is coming in in force now and taking as one of its key missions cutting public information about what's happening in the city.

This is a domestic, natural disaster. Absent specific cases where members of the press would interfere or get in the way of some particular clean up operation or perhaps demolition work there is simply no reason why credentialed members of the press should not be able to cover everything that is happening in that city.

Again. Frightening. And appalling.

Previous thoughts here.

UPDATE: Kevin Drum is noting additional media ban threads along this line.

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