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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Big Easy to Big Empty

Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Big Easy to Big Empty
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Subtitled 'A Greg Palast Investigation,â?� Big Easy to Big Empty is a whole lot of the titular reporter's floppy hat and accusatory sensationalism and not much else. Filmed a year after Katrina, this skimpy half-hour piece projects much of its ire at Innovative Emergency Management ' the firm contracted to assist in the evacuation ' which was filled with Republican cronies and, accordingly, had no idea what it was doing. Newsflash: The South is well-stocked with incompetent political toadies, and deals fall into their laps all the time. While Palast is proud of himself for showing up at the IEM offices without an appointment and for getting various people to attest to the company's lack of experience, he does his own thesis a grave disservice by the thin reporting and jumbled constructions he uses to push it forward. That thesis? Letting New Orleans drown was part of a White Power Real Estate Plan. While nobody will debate that deep-rooted racism infects the Louisiana power structure or that the government's post-storm response was half-retarded, half-evil, Palast pushes the envelope of credibility by filling his latest 'investigationâ?� with hollow bomb-throwing rather than substantial reportage.

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