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What the pluck?

I've come to believe they aren't telling the whole story.

Galveston officials begin to restrict media access

By Rhiannon Meyers
The Daily News
Published September 15, 2008

GALVESTON — Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas on Monday ordered all city employees not to talk to news reporters. She did not say when that order would be lifted.

Thomas and City Manager Steve LeBlanc will be the only officials allowed to talk to reporters.

City spokeswoman Mary Jo Naschke vehemently denied the city was trying to clamp down on news coverage.

She said emergency personnel and city employees were too busy to talk to reporters. Naschke also said the city had been accommodating news reporters by allowing them access to the island when others weren't allowed, giving them escorted rides to damaged areas and allowing them to move about outside during a curfew.

But at a noon press conference on Monday, Thomas and LeBlanc talked for less than 30 minutes and refused to answer any more than five questions. Thomas said she would try to hold another press conference Tuesday.

Daily News reporters who tried to speak to city employees at rescue sites were denied information and told no one was authorized to talk to them except for the mayor and city manager.

"It's the worst thing the city could do. Those who will suffer most are evacuees," Publisher Dolph Tillotson said in statement via text message from the island. "The media will have to turn to other sources that might be less reliable. I can't imagine a dumber move under these extreme circumstances."

Before the press conference started Monday, LeBlanc asked reporters whether he could go off the record. Some television crews agreed and turned their cameras off. LeBlanc then asked news crews to urge their bosses and managers to show more coverage of the island on television because evacuees didn't care about what was happening in Houston.

All reporters who were staying at the city's emergency operations center, stationed at the San Luis Hotel, were asked to leave Monday. San Luis hotel owner Tilman Fertitta was housing reporters at the nearby Hilton Hotel, which he also owns.

Reporters would be allowed on the island, but only if they had proper identification, Thomas said. She didn't clarify what that meant.

Reporters were also forbidden from visiting areas on the far West End of FM 3005, Thomas said. She did not explain why.


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This isn't good...is it? damned
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No, I don't believe it is.

There's a reason why the Mayor clamped down on the press and why she won't allow them access to some of the areas.

I loathe censorship.


This isn't good...is it? damned
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The pestilence is setting in from dead bodies everywhere.
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they hate us for our freedom.
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I woulda chuckled to her face...
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check out this video they don't want you to see either.
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It's like Katrina all over again, the only difference is this time, we'll be informed far less than we were during Katrina.

They are covering their butts and screw the folks suffering. Both sad and frightening.
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A.C., or someone, please embed the video for me? My flash player is inoperable.

Thanks!


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check out this video they don't want you to see either.
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this is my first attempt at imbedding. sorry if i goof.
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HEY !! I did it! There you go Polly!
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Here's another oddity.

The Galveston Daily News site allows for comments to be posted.

The link below takes one to a page for comments, on IKE information exchange. Although all the other blogs SHOW the comments, the one on the Ike info site does NOT! This is what appears:



SEPTEMBER
15 02:48 PM in News
Ike information exchange
By Mark Collette | Permalink | Comments (11)
Everywhere, people who fled the island want to know about their property, apartment complexes, island landmarks, and other information. You can post a comment on this blog entry to supply information or to ask a question. Someone who is reading might be able to answer.

For relatives of islanders:
If you are trying to reach property owners and/or relatives that may have stayed in their home during the storm, call Galveston’s emergency operations center at 409-765-3710.

Essential business owners:
If you own an essential business on the island such as a gas station or food outlet, call Jeff Sjostrom with the Galveston Economic Development Partnership at 409-457-6335.

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What did the Galveston residents write that we are not reading?


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This is the email from my sister. Her hubby is in Houston. She is the one who sent me the video link.
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"john just called me from houston. he went back this morning. fema is apparently giving out generators. all places are still without power. the billboard signs look like a giant has sat o nthem and bent them over.

all the gas stations are closed and the ones that are open have a huge line with the folks who need gas from the generators. his work, their shop, had 3-4 feet of water/oil in it. there is a ring around the building, inside & out.



in the bolivar pennisula (its over by galveston/surf side/crystal beach) they have grounded all flights. wont allow anyone to see anything. no news, nothing. johnthinks that there are actual bodies laying around. they wont even let the mayor in. apparently homeland security is there with a huge hand on everything. it'll be interesting to see what their reason is.....
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Thank you, A.C.!!!

I'l watch it now.

hugs


HEY !! I did it! There you go Polly!
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They aren't trying to fix the Katrina mishaps. They are just trying to keep the media out so it can't be reported this time.

Everyone remember that typhoon that hit Myanmar this summer and how everyone was bashing them for keeping people out and lying about their death toll?

The US government is doing the exact same thing, as always.
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Thank you, A.C., that is alot more than I've seen anywhere.

Looks like some parts of the island are relatively intact while others are just gone.

Horrible.
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Oh, that made me ill, too, Venerable.

I can't imagine that there were so few deaths with Ike when so many chose to remain on Galveston.


They aren't trying to fix the Katrina mishaps. They are just trying to keep the media out so it can't be reported this time.

Everyone remember that typhoon that hit Myanmar this summer and how everyone was bashing them for keeping people out and lying about their death toll?

The US government is doing the exact same thing, as always.
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What did the Galveston residents write that we are not reading?

[link to galvestondailynews.com]
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I don't know - maybe something like this:


Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:50 pm Post subject: national spotlight

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My friend got off the island with pictures today and they are sick. Bodies everywhere! The numbers on the island are 4000+. Where is the national media....where is the outcry. By this time in Katrina there were telethons...and here nothing. The pictures have been sent to Nytimes, cnn, etc and nobody has posted about them. Mark my words tomorrow there will be headlines, and if not in the papers than in the blogs because this is a higher death count than Katrina and 9/11 combined. This is sick...and it is true. On the island they are telling them not to talk so as to give them time to notfy the families..but a national spotlight is needed. This is bigger then the DOWJones and wall street. This is huge.


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They do not want you to know, the Birth Pangs are increasing !
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Didn't someone post something about a bio-research lab in Texas that was underwater from the storm? Hope it wasn't Galveston...
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We appear to have moved into a communist ruled country. It squashes the news media (controls it), takes over private businesses (everything in frannie and freddie NOW BELONG TO USA GOV (ie: your house!!!)
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Do I even have to bother to look and see if the Mayor is a Republican?....I'm sure I don't....btw....reporters don't need to be bugging city employees when they are obviously dealing with a crisis. She is right, they are busy with more important things, or should be, so leave em alone.
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The Coast Guard and whoever else is rescuing survivors has ordered them, the survivors, not to talk to the media either.
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This was posted on the KHOU forum.


"Granted, it's all second hand information but we have heard from a local fireman, a local policeman, and a resident still on the island (that identified 2 dead themselves) that the death toll is extremely high... and that they are just sitting on it until the hysteria dies down.

The first account comes from a fireman on the island that said he had never seen so many dead bodies before.

The second from a friends boyfriend who happens to be a police officer, who has said they have gathered so many dead and are keeping it hush for now.

And the third from a resident on the island that discovered some dead in one of the local businesses on 23rd.

I don't wish to add to the hysteria, but I find it horrible that the news is being complicate in not reporting the death tolls to the public. It's criminal."

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They aren't trying to fix the Katrina mishaps. They are just trying to keep the media out so it can't be reported this time.

Everyone remember that typhoon that hit Myanmar this summer and how everyone was bashing them for keeping people out and lying about their death toll?

The US government is doing the exact same thing, as always.
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If Homeland Security is there and not letting other Media and Officials in then there is more going on than FEMA's reputation.
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Didn't someone post something about a bio-research lab in Texas that was underwater from the storm? Hope it wasn't Galveston...
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So far I would say that is the best candadate.
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Oh, my dear God.

A.C., please let us know if you have any updates from your sister, and thank you.


This is the email from my sister. Her hubby is in Houston. She is the one who sent me the video link.
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"john just called me from houston. he went back this morning. fema is apparently giving out generators. all places are still without power. the billboard signs look like a giant has sat o nthem and bent them over.

all the gas stations are closed and the ones that are open have a huge line with the folks who need gas from the generators. his work, their shop, had 3-4 feet of water/oil in it. there is a ring around the building, inside & out.



in the bolivar pennisula (its over by galveston/surf side/crystal beach) they have grounded all flights. wont allow anyone to see anything. no news, nothing. johnthinks that there are actual bodies laying around. they wont even let the mayor in. apparently homeland security is there with a huge hand on everything. it'll be interesting to see what their reason is.....
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Do I even have to bother to look and see if the Mayor is a Republican?....I'm sure I don't....btw....reporters don't need to be bugging city employees when they are obviously dealing with a crisis. She is right, they are busy with more important things, or should be, so leave em alone.
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you don't get it

Palin was in Galveston having an affair with the major while she was pregnant with her 14 year old daughter's kid

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IF, and that's a big IF, this news of huge numbers of deaths is real, God help them.

I can't imagine what the loved ones of the people on the island must be going through if they don't know whether their relatives are dead or alive.

God help them.



This was posted on the KHOU forum.


"Granted, it's all second hand information but we have heard from a local fireman, a local policeman, and a resident still on the island (that identified 2 dead themselves) that the death toll is extremely high... and that they are just sitting on it until the hysteria dies down.

The first account comes from a fireman on the island that said he had never seen so many dead bodies before.

The second from a friends boyfriend who happens to be a police officer, who has said they have gathered so many dead and are keeping it hush for now.

And the third from a resident on the island that discovered some dead in one of the local businesses on 23rd.

I don't wish to add to the hysteria, but I find it horrible that the news is being complicate in not reporting the death tolls to the public. It's criminal."

[link to www.khou.com]
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They aren't trying to fix the Katrina mishaps. They are just trying to keep the media out so it can't be reported this time.

Everyone remember that typhoon that hit Myanmar this summer and how everyone was bashing them for keeping people out and lying about their death toll?

The US government is doing the exact same thing, as always.


If Homeland Security is there and not letting other Media and Officials in then there is more going on than FEMA's reputation.
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There is definitely a national media coverup going on too. I went to all the major news sites online last night and they all had EXACTLY the same headline.

"2,000 rescued"

How convenient.





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