Stephen Spruiell at NRO’s Media Blog has a post up this morning that discusses an absolutely ridiculous claim made by CNN’s "American Morning" host Soledad O’Brien last Tuesday. Her quote (via the NY Daily News):
"It is a sad thing to watch military veterans cry as they tell you the beheadings in Baghdad were less horrific than what they saw as 30,000 people marched from the Superdome through a shopping mall and onto buses to who knows where."
Spruiell sets the record straight by noting a NOLA.com article which gives some facts apparently of which O’Brien is unaware (emphasis Spruiell’s):
Following days of internationally reported killings, rapes and gang violence inside the Dome, the doctor from FEMA – Beron doesn’t remember his name – came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.
"I’ve got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome," Beron recalls the doctor saying.
The real total was six, Beron said.
Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the turning over of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health department officials in charge of body recovery put the official death count at the Dome at 10, but Beron said the other four bodies were found in the street near the Dome, not inside it. Both sources said no one had been killed inside.
Read the whole thing.
In a related post, Michelle Malkin examines post-Katrina crimes as well and has a round up of links.