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Some of you noted, when reading House Blender Paul in SF’s tongue-in-cheek list of strategies sure to bolster Chimpy’s sinking poll numbers the other day, that they thought his fake news was true. Remember this from the post…


1. FEMA officials have banned any photos of the bodies of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. FEMA director Michael Brown explained that this policy is being put into effect to protect the privacy of the victims and their families. The news media will be kept at least 5 miles from any place where bodies are being collected.

Hey Paul, looks like you’ll be handpicked by Karl Rove to sit at his side – have you heard from him yet? From Reuters, Tue Sep 6, 2005 8:56 PM ET:

U.S. agency blocks photos of New Orleans dead

The U.S. government agency leading the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina said on Tuesday it does not want the news media to take photographs of the dead as they are recovered from the flooded New Orleans area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused by the hurricane, rejected requests from journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims.

An agency spokeswoman said space was needed on the rescue boats and that “the recovery of the victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect.”

“We have requested that no photographs of the deceased be made by the media,” the spokeswoman said in an e-mailed response to a Reuters inquiry.

Paul also noted, that Oprah, who was down in New Orleans, is airing what she saw on both yesterday’s and today’s show. Paul: “It had me crying for almost the entire hour. She not only showed us the dead bodies which the other media has been afraid to do, but she and the other celebraties just gave a stinging condemnation of the response efforts. Part two will be on today. If as many folks watch and respect this woman as I think they do, Bush is toast.”

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