Mar 30 2007
The liberal media, sensing their democrat candidates are in trouble, are manufacturing faux issues regarding GOP frontrunner Rudy Guiliani. First up is the myth that discontinuous radio frequencies, which clogged communications during 9-11, were Rudy’s fault:
Giuliani, the leader in polls of Republican voters for his party’s nomination, has been faulted on two major issues:
_ His administration’s failure to provide the World Trade Center’s first responders with adequate radios, a long-standing complaint from relatives of the firefighters killed when the twin towers collapsed.
That was not caused by Rudy, but by the different police and fire bureacracies which refused to integrate their purchasing. If a government entity at any level gives up the power to purchase it gives up authority. And so the firefighters and port authorities and city police and state police all refuse to coordinate their equipment. Many times their money comes from different sources, for instance state, city, county, various federal agencies. The Port authority would get Federal dollars from ICE or the Coast Guard and the cops from DoJ. This is not Rudy’s fault and even a bush-league reporter would know this is the case. And it is a nation wide problem that is still being worked using internet technologies and a stronger federal hand. People forget this same problem showed up in New Orleans during Katrina years after 9-11. It is not something you wave a wand to fix and it began decades ago.
This media hit piece has a second issue, which is really lame considering all the claims about how ground zero was a brewing health hazard:
A November 2001 decision to step up removal of the massive rubble pile at ground zero. The firefighters were angered when the then-mayor reduced their numbers among the group searching for remains of their lost “brothers,” focusing instead on what they derided as a “scoop and dump” approach. Giuliani agreed to increase the number of firefighters at ground zero just days after ordering the cutback.
The decision was WEEKS into the clean up, not days or hours. And the problem here is the mound of debri was a festering health hazard. There was no time to pick delicately through the pile of rubble, within which the fires did not finally go out for MONTHS afterwards.
The liberal media must want to tank their already shattered reputations further by making irresponsible and childish claims like this against one of the people who helped a city and a nation get through some brutally violent attacks. For all he did that day, this is how the AP and the Washington Post (who do not have to run any AP story) repay the man. Well, this crap will not tarnish Rudy’s image, and we all know the liberal media is heading for the sewer – maybe faster than we thought. I said a year ago investors needed to dump the NY Times stock, and I was right. The company is spiralling down as its only marketable asset – its reputation as a balanced and serious news source – was trashed by partisan hacks in management. The same is true of AP -I would get out of that one too.
And here is why. I was at a tech conference recently on the new internet tools coming out. And there is revolution coming where bloggers and individuals will be able to become their own news source. The final barrier is the cost of distributing video and voice, and the new internet protocols are coming out now to drop those prices immensely. And when that is done the news media will beset with a blog swarm they will never recover from. They will lose the content as well as the analysis and opinion (already lost to the internet). The old media is soon to be the extinct media. Good riddance.