Sep 29, 2008

The Number

Typically, Philip R. Klein blames the media for bad coverage of Hurricane Ike:

The Media [sic[ has made hay over the fact that there is not [sic] a rumored 300 people from Southeast Texas are dead. But nobody asked how many are missing.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting over 300 missing - however - we are told many are with families that have just not checked in yet.

Actually,, many people have asked that question, but unlike Philip R. Klein's Southeast Texas Political Review, most reputable media outlets don't report rumors as fact. 

For a more balanced and realistic view, read this article from yesterday's Houston Chronicle:

Two weeks after Ike, more than 400 are still missing

Two weeks after Hurricane Ike swept through the Texas coast, 400 people remain missing, mostly from Galveston County, according to an analysis of calls logged to a hot line set up by the nonprofit Laura Recovery Center to assist local authorities.

I'll give Philip the benefit of the doubt on getting the number wrong, since 400 is definitely "over 300."  Philip R. Klein further confuses the issue with a quote from one of his so-called sources:

"Another source from Galveston County told the Review : "I can confirm the missing is 64."

As pointed out above, the Houston Chronicle article has already confirmed the number of missing at over 400, so Philip is again manufacturing details and reporting rumor as fact.

Furthermore, "confirmed missing" is not the same as "confirmed dead," according to the Houston Chronicle's article posted about two hours ago:

Hurricane Ike death toll in Texas rises to 32

HOUSTON — The Texas death toll from Hurricane Ike rose to at least 32 with the discovery of three bodies, which were found this weekend amid storm debris in Galveston and Orange counties.

NOTE TO PHILIP: Didn't you get sued for printing rumor as fact and had to issue a retraction

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