Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
Appearing this morning on TODAY to promote his new book, Karl Rove was asked by Matt Lauer about Katrina, and the botched Government response to the storm. While I plan to read the pertinent sections of his book, I found several of his quotes and recollections bracing—and it continues to be apparent that the Bush Administration (the president was on vacation and many prominent West Wing staffers were attending a wedding in Europe) was out of position and not dialed-in to the growing crisis in New Orleans.
Rove asserts, "We did not have the ability to get real-time information," and further, that "the media did not have real-time information." There's more, about what became the epicenter of suffering in that City—Rove says, "For example, you didn't know about the suffering at the Convention Center until the Government did..."
Because we were there, and reported what we saw and experienced, I've posted a clip below from NBC News cameraman Tony Zambado. No one who ever saw this moment on air that day—or since—will ever forget it. It's the truth, as Tony and the rest of us saw it, standing next to it.
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