Last night I listened to the entire interview, while this morning I read the transcript of the interview, which is available at CNN.
CNN, however, appear to have removed a very important part of Nagin's speech.
As I listened to Nagin, he complained that people from Plaqumines Parish had been air-lifted into New Orleans.
I've got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention center. It's bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines Parish - they're air-vaccing people over here in New Orleans. We don't have anything, and we're sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines Parish.
The CNN transcript, however, says the following:
I've got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention center. It's bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines Parish. ... We don't have anything, and we're sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines Parish.
CNN, for whatever reason, has removed the part of what Nagin said. Nagin clearly pointed out that people from Plaquemines parish were being air-vacced to New Orleans. Nagin is clearly frustrated with this, since he is intimating that someone, or some people, are incompetent.
And why would CNN remove such a statement? Later in the interview, Nagin mentions that "A small majority of the people" are those who are doing the looting and violence, whom he describes as "Knuckleheads". When read in context, it is obvious that Nagin meant to say "A small minority of the people", but obviously in his speech he said the wrong thing. CNN did not remove that part of the transcript.
Could it be that CNN has removed the statement from the transcript because they were pressured to do so by someone? Someone who might be afraid that the truth could be found out?
From the Department of Wha's happnin?
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