Laura Bush: Media Ignoring Positive Side of Hurricane Affermath

By: E&P Staff

Top Republicans have long charged that the press focuses on the bad news from Iraq, ignoring positive stories. Now one leading Republican — the First Lady — has made the same complaint about media coveage of the hurricane catastrophe in the Gulf.

Laura Bush said Tuesday, in a speech before the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., that much more good than bad has come from the response to the catastrophe, no matter what Americans see on TV.

She cast blame on the media for focusing on the negative in the recovery efforts. “We’ve seen terrible, terrible things and we’ve seen unbelievably unselfish acts of giving as well by communities all across the United States and, of course, many more unselfish acts of giving than bad things,” she said in the speech.

“Maybe the media hasn’t shown us that much, but we’ve read about it and we do know about it.”

She said evacuees she met in her three trips to the hurricane zone are thankful they don’t have to start over, from zero, because of donations and others acts of kindness.

“That’s what I’ve seen at each of the shelters I’ve visited,” she said. “I’ve never heard a single word of complaint.”

She referred to “one woman who fled with her family to Louisiana wanted Americans to know — and she said she really wished the press would show this on television — and that is that evacuees have hope.”

The First Lady also praised the Heritage Foundaton for being “at the leading edge of the policy debates that affect our country and the world. And you contribute fresh ideas from a conservative perspective, encouraging policy makers to continue government reform and to stay true to our timeless values. And compassion is certainly one of those timeless values….

“My husband believes deeply in American compassion, and that value directs many of his policies.”

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