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BREAKING: Bush banning all media from New Orleans

U.S. agency blocks photos of New Orleans dead
07 Sep 2005 00:56:29 GMT

Source: Reuters

NEW ORLEANS, Sept 6 (Reuters) - 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.

The Bush administration also has prevented the news media from photographing flag-draped caskets of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, which has sparked criticism that the government is trying to block images that put the war in a bad light.

The White House is under fire for its handling of the relief effort, which many officials have charged was slow and bureacratic, contributing to the death and mayhem in New Orleans after the storm struck on Aug. 29. (Additional reporting by Deborah Charles)

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I can't see why anyone would have a problem with this. If the media want to take their photos, they can take their own boats - as long as they don't get in the way of the rescue operations. And as far as publishing photos, its quite reasonable not to publish a picture of a victim until after the next of kin has been notified. How would you like to find out a relative was dead by seeing a picture of their bloated corpse on the front page of a newspaper?

From the media? AND what's wrong with the first ammendment? The government has no business determining WHAT the media choses to use. It's up to the media to protect us and to help us hold government officials accountable.

Unfortunately, this administration has a record of hiding the truth. They hide the deaths from Iraq, even though nobody can see who is under a flag drapped coffin.

It's clear; the administration wants to hide the damage from the eyes of America.

Can they? I read this to mean that they're not to "accompany" the removal operations at all and not to film them, but I haven't been able to verify any specifics.

One hopes that the media would exercise appropriate restraint, but I do have some difficulty with their coverage being restricted by government authorities. It smacks too much of another "embedding" and news control exercise.

Do you understand that a democracy functions best with an informed electorate? This admin is the most secretive we have ever had. What are they hiding? Do you ever wonder why we never see what’s happening in Iraq? Why they don’t allow photos of our military coming home in caskets? Did you know more reporters have already been killed in Iraq, than died in all our years in Vietnam? Do you understand that corporations profiting on this war are dictating policy in Iraq? Lockheed Martin calls the shots. Halliburton makes billions. Look it up at

Do you really think this admin is to be trusted ? Do they have the right to operate in secrecy? Are you that unaware or uncritical in your thinking? We have a right to know what our govt. is doing.

Blind adherence is trust in a group of people who have repeatedly demonstrated they cannot be trusted Just the secretiveness and refusal to answer questions alone should raise your curiosity.We cant afford to be “good Germans

Bushco likes to hide its mistakes. I hope the media would be respectful, but we cannot let the world miss the results of the Administration's ineffective initial response. So far, only the foreign sites show more realistic pictures. I just don't look closely, but I feel the truth should be out there for people to chose how informed they want to be...I am not comfortable with censorship in general.

This isn't Germany, Russia or the year America fell under Nixon...

This is the America where Americans are AWAKE and gaining back a unified media and new wave of uprising.

Their little checker picked asses better be scared, because we're coming, and we're going to take NO PRISONERS!!!!!

To hell with you bastard Bush, and your neglectful bullshit government. And to hell with your guards and Klansmen.

First we will get rid of TOM DELAY and DENNIS HASTERT once and for all. Folks need to wake up. These are THE reason Congress and our government can't hold the hearings it wants to, that it HAS to hold...

Delay & Hastert are crooks, not responsible chairmans of congress nor should they be anywhere near government!

Hastert taking bribes related to,Turkey? Delay schmoozing lobbyists everywhere, in secret rooms? What the hell kind of lax bullshit crooks are these?!??

Get rid of the GUARD. Down with these frauds, and then down with the Bush administration for good!!!

Doug Eldritch

You are correct, this is America and we see your Socialist style and through history we all see that it doesn't work.

Look at what you are writting in here. You are so hate filled that your reasoning should land you in a mental hospital. Thank God you are in America, in Russia or Germany they'd have thrown you in the loony bin a long time ago. You're a real idiot...

Richie "The Right Wing Kook" Rich

Trashing any messenger who disagrees with you will never change the most important message, which is that the entire Bush administration is an illegitimate, incompetent, indifferent, self-serving fraud.

National pride and our worldwide reputation will continue to suffer until we rightfully remove these criminals and give our government back to the people.

John Perry

Message, your hacks have a great tendancy at doing that. It doesn't change the fact the Bush admin and his PNAC buddies are illegitimate idiots who have fucked the country to hell, and it doesn't change any of the other facts, so you might as well go recite your hymn in a closet somewhere. Your "echo chamber" isn't going to be heard by us who are following the facts.
America doesn't care anymore, and doesn't care about you. Time to go back to Limbaugh's house and join his fraternity.

Doug E.

It's one state of mind to know; it's a different emotional experience to actually see.

Of this they are well aware.See my article,"the Sensory Factor..." at

---The Bikemessenger

Startin' to look and smell like Darfur, Sudan!

And you're Pinky and the Brain!!!MUWAHAHAHAHA!!! MUWA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Correction: You're PINKO AND NO-BRAINER>>> because your Commie infiltrator and "leader" (heh-heh), Dick Cheney, has thunk up more useless bureaucracy than anybody in history with that HOEDOWN SECURITY paperwad machine and OFFICE OF I'M SO SPECIAL >>>MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH>>>AND WE ALL KNOW WHO No-Brainer is>>>MUHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA And we all know how to control a joystick NYA-NYA-NEH-NYA-NYA And your programmer must have gotten his edumacation with a two-week internet degree in Sci-Fi Bachelorhood, because PNAC has the HOKIEST website we have ever seen in ETERNITY>>> MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

W really doesn't like pictures of dead people.

Media restrictions were the first enforced in Hitlers Germany, welcome to the Third Reich America!

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