Nor'easter Follows Sandy

Thursday, November 08, 2012

People stand on a destroyed section of boardwalk to check the storm's approach as a nor’easter arrives in New York City on November 7, 2012. (Mario Tama/Getty)

It was another cold night for many in the northeast. Hundreds of thousands without power had to withstand the power of a nor'easter storm that brought snow to places still recovering from Sandy. New Jersey Public Radio reporter Scott Gurian reports from the affected area.

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Charles

I literally laughed out loud, hearing John Hockenberry make the evidence-free assertion that in the wake of tropical storm Sandy, government seemed to be doing well while private industry struggled.

Naturally, it was a politcally loaded comment. It was not reporting; Hockenberry threw it into the discussion without attmepting to justify it.

But his comment actuallly was pre-emptied by Mary Anastasia O'Grady's own commentary in the Wall Street Journal on the same subject:

"A day after the worst of extratropical cyclone Sandy—once a hurricane—had pulled out of town, I strolled around Lower Manhattan expecting to find apocalyptic devastation. Instead, the World Financial Center was clean, dry and well-lighted. Inside the complex, the upscale espresso and pastry shop Financier and the Rite-Aid drugstore were open. So too was the Gristedes supermarket on South End Avenue. Out front, workers were unloading a shipment of yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream. Taxis were queuing at the corner."

Meanwhile, Ms. O'Grady noted, the government owned and operated subway system was under water and frozen. And in the state-owned economy of Cuba, the nation had ground to a halt as a result of the same storm a few days earlier.

In hurricane Katrina, while government -- most particularly local government (in grave distinction from the state government run by Chris Christie and the city government run by Micahael Bloomberg) -- failed. Walmart became a model of efficiency and remarkable data collection, as the retailer's elaborateinformation systems helped it allocate inventory to where it needed to be.

We get it, John: as long as there is a Democrat in the White House, FEMA will be regarded by public radio as a savior. FEMA only fails when there is a Republican talking about it. Right?

Nov. 08 2012 10:48 AM

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