blogenlust
8.09.2004

Am I too cynical?


My dad has told me before that I'm too damn cynical for my own good. As a result, I would like to hear if others find this a) equally cynical, b) a coincidence, or c) vigilant:
Throughout September 2004, the US Department of Homeland Security, American Red Cross, American Prepared Campaign, the National Association of Broadcasters, the US Department of Education and other partners, will host a series of events to highlight the importance of citizen emergency preparedness.
Now, I know Tom Ridge says its ridiculous to think that the recent terror warnings were political. But isn't it a bit strange that we have had so many terror warnings leading into the end of August, which will see the beginning of the Republican National Convention, which will conclude at the beginning of National Preparedness Month?? Its not like Black History Month, which is every February. No, this National Preparedness Month will be the first ever, and it is nicely timed to coincide with the election. Bob Harris, at This Modern World,has much more:
I haven't seen any news stories about it, but I just got tipped by a guy who works in Washington, and this GSA page confirms: September is about to become "National Preparedness Month." Heck, this Red Cross page flatly states that Tom Ridge will make the official announcement on September 9th. Whoa. (Why September 9th? That's awfully late, if it's supposed to be the entire month. My guess, thinking like Karl Rove: this year's 9/11 anniversary falls on a Saturday, so an announcement on the date or even Friday would only get a burst of free media on a weekend. But by timing it for the 6 pm news on Thursday, it'll reach the Friday papers, and thus be fully-injected into all of the emotion-laden anniversary coverage, plus the Sunday morning talk shows.) The idea, obviously, is to throw a large amount of focus, possibly for weeks on end, on the only issue on which Bush outpolls Kerry. And of course this will come on the heels of the GOP convention. So where the Democrats' post-convention media got blitzed with terror warnings based on years-old intelligence, the Republicans' afterglow might well be favorably extended, implied message being: "Why, with George Bush and enough shovels, we'll all be just fine."
So, am I being too cynical?