DuBos Praises Nagin

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Gambit’s Clancy DuBos thanking Mayor Nagin? And in a press release from the Mayor’s Office of Communications, no less?

In an unlikely year that’s seen pigs fly, hell freeze over and America join the commies, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the mayor’s spinners dug deep for this one:

“All of [sic] just said, ‘Yes, thank you, Mr. Mayor,’” said Clancy DuBos, editor of Gambit Weekly. “That was his defining moment right after Katrina because he expressed very bluntly the frustrations of everybody -- black, white, Democratic, Republican -- all New Orleanians who were fed up with the lack of federal response.”

It’s taken from a CNN profile on Nagin and is part of the network’s series "Revealed," which the press release reminds us is, “a program that gets under the skin of the world’s brilliant thinkers, creative champions and inspirational leaders.”

Not that many would disagree with DuBos’s assessment of Nagin’s “Now get off your asses and do something” September 2005 radio interview calling for federal aid for our drowning city.

But that was 2005, and the DuBos quote seems a little stale for cherry picking. While the mayor’s press office isn’t Fox News, the press release needs a little balance. How about DuBos’s take on the end of Nagin’s term?

“What measure of relief he’s feeling pales in comparison to the relief that the citizens are feeling.”

That’s better. Now we can focus on the important stuff.

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