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Media Matters for America used to crack me up, but considering that they only tell one joke (the media are biased against liberals) it got old pretty fast. However, there’s a pretty funny post up right now. In the same hysterical tone with which they treat everything, these watchdogs note that Brit Hume made a trivial error on his broadcast — he said that Bush called Mayor Ray Nagin to urge him to order a mandatory evacuation of the city. Actually, Bush called Gov. Kathleen Blanco. Bottom line: Bush called and urged an evacuation the day before the storm, which the state and local government proceeded to totally botch.
The funny thing is that in the process of busting Hume for this trivial error, they make one themselves:

On National Review Online’s group blog The Corner, editor Kathryn Jean Lopez linked to the Power Line entry and wrote that Blanco had said she ordered the evacuation “only after” the president’s phone call.

If they had bothered to even check their own link, they would have noticed that Lopez did not link to this Powerline post. She linked to this AP story, which reported the following:

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.

Normally I wouldn’t make a big deal out something so small and trivial, but it’s a slow day. Maybe that explains the small and trivial nature of most Media Matters reports — it’s always a slow day when your job is to search for conservative bias in the media.

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