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BRING BACK BROWNIE – AT 9:40 A.M. ET:  The staggering corruption in America's media is plainly seen in the contrast between the way Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy were reported.

In Katrina, it was BUSH (!!) at fault.  No doubt about it.  BUSH (!!) and his pal at FEMA, Brownie.

In Sandy, our noble president comforted and provided, patting backs and exchanging adolescent hugs with distraught victims.  The hug has become our modern salute. 

And FEMA.  It is a scandal still, but who cares?  The election is over.  From Fox:

Hurry up and wait.

That’s what first responders were left to do after being deployed by FEMA to assist in the storm-ravaged areas in the initial days after superstorm Sandy, FoxNews.com has learned. A FEMA worker who spoke to FoxNews.com described a chaotic scene at New Jersey's Fort Dix, where emergency workers arrived as the storm bore down on the Atlantic Coast. The worker said officials at the staging area were unprepared and told the incoming responders there was nothing for them to do for nearly four days.

“They told us to hurry, hurry, hurry," the worker, who works at the agency's headquarters in Washington and volunteered to deploy for the storm recovery effort. "We rushed to Fort Dix, only to find out that our liaison didn’t even know we were coming.”

“The regional coordinator even said to us, ‘I don’t know why you were rushed here because we don’t need you,'” said the worker, who spoke out of frustration with the lack of planning and coordination following the devastating storm.

After arriving in New Jersey, the worker and others waited for three full days and parts of another, even as reports dominated the television of the devastation and suffering wrought by the storm, which struck land on Oct. 29. When they asked for assignments, they couldn't believe the response, according to the worker.

“They told us to go to the Walmart nearby or to check out the area but told us to stay out of the areas affected by the storm,” the worker said. "If our boss back at headquarters had not been alerted and didn’t make a push to get us assignments, the people running the show on the ground level would have just kept us sitting in the barracks.”

COMMENT:  Great, isn't it?  Can you just imagine the attention this story would have gotten had it broken during the Bush years?  Can you imagine the madness at MSNBC, the grimness at CNN?  Can you see Anderson Cooper in is parka, can you hear Keith Olbermann, who harangued Secretary of State Condi Rice for not being at the site of...a New Orleans hurricane?

But now, we just move on.  Nothing to see, nothing to see.  And America heads into a new blindness.

December 7,  2012