An Open Letter About The Corpse Of Your Loved One By John Cole

Dear Families of Loved Ones Lost In Katrina:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested that photographers refrain from photographing the bodies of victims of Katrina:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused by the hurricane, rejected requests from journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims.

An agency spokeswoman said space was needed on the rescue boats and that “the recovery of the victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect.”

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“We have requested that no photographs of the deceased be made by the media,” the spokeswoman said in an e-mailed response to a Reuters inquiry.

We disagree. We believe that the bloated, decaying corpse of your loved one(s) should be splashed on national television and on the fronts of newspapers, even if you have not been notified of their status, because this government President Bush must be held accountable for Hurricane Katrina. After all, “people have died and suffered because of the dithering of a Republican president, and they’ll do anything in their power to hide and cover that up.”

We believe it is important that you “see the results, in some part, of Bush’s FEMA handiwork.” What we fear is that “an entire city is going to be erased from the map, and you are not going to be allowed to see it.”

So, when we demand that those who died in this natural disaster have their bloated corpse bandied about like a political prop, it is really because we care deeply about this country.

Without a shred of human decency,

Oliver Willis
Stirling Newberry
(and many more to come, you can be sure)

This content was used with the permission of Balloon Juice.

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