The difference between the left and right

Hurricane Katrina has shown something that many have known for a long time: any situation, no matter how tragic, horrible or bad, is a reason for lefties to bash Bush, and feel negative about America. The Politburo Diktat has linked to a variety of pieces on the left and right sides of the blogosphere, showing their reactions to Hurricane Katrina. Sadly, it's not overly surprising that the majority of left-wing blogs see the most important issue as bashing Bush, and the majority of right-wing blogs see the most important issue as raising relief money. There's similar comments made at The Right Wing Nuthouse.

But it's not just in the blogs. The mainstream media political leanings can be found by working out how positive or negative their coverage is. Whether it's newspapers in New York, or Fox and CNN, the positive/hopeful coverage is coming from the conservative side. Granted, there's not a lot of positive news in a major disaster, but by only focusing on the negative and complaining about some guy called BusHitler, you're not helping. You're merely turning the victims of Katrina into political pawns, while doing nothing to improve their situation. No wonder the modern left are renowned for their compassion.

But it's not just in the blogs, and in the media. It's average everyday left-wing blog readers who gave the rabidly anti-Bush candidate Paul Hackett over US$400,000 in fundraising in an attempt to win an almost unwinnable seat - yet can't find much over a third of that to support the poor African-Americans that Bush is supposedly neglecting. The Daily Kos gets more readers than Instapundit, Little Green Footballs, Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Power Line, Polipundit, Captain's Quarters, Tim Blair combined, and raises a lot more money for political campaigns than those blogs, yet is strangely missing here. The conservative side has managed to drum up almost US$700,000 for Katrina relief, but it's not really about who gives more.

It's about priorities. The left seem to think that throwing their money into political campaigns is more valuable than helping disaster victims. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But the left can't say that they care about the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and Bush doesn't, when they put helping the mostly Democrat-voting people of New Orleans down at the bottom of their list of things to do.

(Cross-posted to The House Of Wheels.)

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