Video: New Orleans D.A. throws tantrum, walks out on “Nightline”

posted at 12:21 am on August 29, 2006 by Allahpundit

What Internet video was made for: archiving for posterity instances of public figures embarrassing themselves.

Very solid report by Brian Ross. Wish I could show you more, but here’s the money shot. Please note that the clip has been edited.


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“Those are stupid questions” and “We are not going to listen to any more criticism” , amazingly arrogant and acting like they do not have to answer to anyone.Is that whole city full of political morons?

bbz123 on August 29, 2006 at 12:27 AM

Uh, yes. And most of them seem unable to avoid proving it on a daily basis.

Patton on August 29, 2006 at 12:48 AM

Well, I threw a tantrum and walked out on Nightline at least 20 years ago, never watched it since. So I guess I can’t hold it against this guy.

Besides, I’m getting so sick of this New Orleans coverage. It isn’t news; All it is, is giving crooks, political hacks and whiners (one, two or all of those attributes at once) a podium to try to coerce the rest of us to dump more money down their rathole and feel sorry for them.

LegendHasIt on August 29, 2006 at 1:15 AM

What is wrong with people in positions of power in NOLA? Don’t use buses, Chocolate City, delicious drink, Louisiana emergency team indicted shortly before Katrina for something like $65 million missing (off the top, too lazy to dig for the source and exact amount), not asking for National Guard, blaming Bush for not sending help while blocking the Red Cross from entering the city because they don’t want the Dome to become a “magnet”, “hole in the ground”, etc. etc. etc.

RightWinged on August 29, 2006 at 1:21 AM

Oh please, am I the only rational person here? Is it really up to me to remind everyone who is ultimately to blame for ALL of the problems in New Orleans, isn’t it obvious?

Jeff on August 29, 2006 at 3:35 AM

It felt like I was watching a mongoose and a cobra go at it.

I have no way of gauging the ability or competence of the New Orleans DA. 21 convictions out of 30 does not impress me, however, especially absent any information on which cases he won convictions versus which he lost.

Having his “handler” call “time” on the interview, however, made him look stupid and very unprofessional; like maybe he had something to hide.

DA Jordan has had a controversial past, you should know. In 2004 he and three heavy financial backers and contributors established an “unofficial,” for profit, web site for him (that just happens to looks “official”) and named nolada.com (as in “New Orleans LA, District Attorney”), that accepted paid advertising. The profits of which were to be shared between the financial backers and the district attorney’s office.

[The site seems to barely functioning these days, BTW]

Apparently, the Louisiana Atty General determined that the practice was legal because it was an unofficial site and not funded with tax dollars.

Of course, where I grew up (Cook County, IL), in the era before web sites, “connected” businesses (the ones who seemed to always get the public contracts) always ran expensive ads in the “programs” for political fund raisers in addition to purchasing one or more “tables” for the event. Not that there was any connection between the ads, the tables, and contracts [wink, wink]

So, the cynic in me suspects that the web site had only one purpose, and that was not in providing timely and accurate information to the public about the activities of the District Attorney’s office. But perhaps I’m suffering regression back to my days as a “yute” living in Crook Cook County….

Having said all the above, I’m not a fan of Brian Ross, as he’s very much involved in the leaking of classified secrets to the media and in making sure our national security secrets are blown, as well as being a very partisan liberal.

Any reporter who gets glowing reviews by the World Socialist Web Site, as Ross does, gets a double-thumbs down from me.

georgej on August 29, 2006 at 3:41 AM

Truth hurts, doesn’t it…

Give em a fur coat, and they think they own the world.

Kini on August 29, 2006 at 5:31 AM

No coverage of the muslim killer….shooting Jew women in Oregon.
No coverage of the super highway from Mexicao to Canada.
No coverage of the North American Union, Bush is pushing to destroy America.
No coverage of the Muslilm mosque broadcasting prayers, making America sound like Mecca.
No coverage of the muslim protests in San Fran….full with muslim youths in covered faces and waving jihad flags.
All we hear is Katrina, Katrina.
Plus the ‘White’ bus driver who refused to probably place a 11 year old white girl in the back of the bus so the 20 year old black thugs could sit up front.
blah, blah, blah

LZVandy on August 29, 2006 at 6:37 AM

No coverage of the muslim killer….shooting Jew women in Oregon.

Got a link? I’ll cover it…

RightWinged on August 29, 2006 at 7:19 AM

I hope he is the DA if I am ever charged with anything. I am just going to tell him he is asking stupid questions and walk out the door.

I love people that do the walk out of an interview. It is always so entertaining. I am no fan of Ross but I can’t figure out what was so unfair… They are honest questions that, quite frankly, are on a lot of people’s minds.

mdconservative on August 29, 2006 at 7:31 AM

Funny, I didn’t hear a week of constant MSM chatter on the one year anniversary of capturing Saddam.

Liberal Democrats have created this monster, where our citizens are incapable of picking themselves up by their bootstraps and showing some personal responsibility in cleaning up the mess left behind by Katrina. No, the federal government must save them and their city beneath the sea, by throwing money at the problem. Gee, and now nothing is getting done and millions of dollars in federal aid has vanished, in a city and state controlled by Democrats. Shocking!

fogw on August 29, 2006 at 7:44 AM

Besides, I’m getting so sick of this New Orleans coverage. It isn’t news; All it is, is giving crooks, political hacks and whiners (one, two or all of those attributes at once) a podium to try to coerce the rest of us to dump more money down their rathole and feel sorry for them.

Good point. Not only that, but it’s giving them a moral authority they have not earned.

Slublog on August 29, 2006 at 8:21 AM

> acting like they do not have to answer to anyone
I’m not a Jordan fan, but I have to at least say this – he’s not answerable to Nightline, at least. If the public wants him to answer to something, there are mechanisms for that other than the accountability-free media.

I haven’t been following anything related to Jordan, but I do know that thousands of cases were thrown out because the evidence was flooded, which was certainly outside of his control. And that the justice system here has had a hard time coming back due to facility damage, people not returning, a huge influx of illegal aliens, no tax base to support it, lack of jail space to put people in, and well-publicized problems with the NOPD looting, etc. Aside from those things which he can’t control anyway, what’s he been accused of that he needs to “answer to”? If this is all they’ve got –

criticism of Jordan’s office by senior people in law enforcement who say, even with the acknowledged problems caused by Katrina, the District Attorney has not efficiently dealt with a huge backlog of cases, estimated at more than 3,000.

- then this is a tempest in a tea pot. Who sets those “efficiently dealt with” guidelines, where are they posted, and how well do other cities’ DAs adhere to them?

Laura on August 29, 2006 at 8:22 AM

(and yes, I do think it was stupid to stomp out of the interview that way)

Laura on August 29, 2006 at 8:24 AM

Right Winged…here is your link.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14082298/
Sure it is covered on the internet, but then dropped totally by the MSM…we hear no more of it.
Millions do not even have a computer….as a result we still live in a now propagandized country.
And they know it.

LZVandy on August 29, 2006 at 8:27 AM

LZVandy, I thought you had something new… You said “Oregon”… That’s the Seattle story from about a month ago and I think we all covered it… Your point is well taken that the MSM doesn’t care about it, but I thought you had something new for us when you said Oregon.

RightWinged on August 29, 2006 at 8:39 AM

Running away from problems, and running away from pertinant questions is all we can expect from the public servants in N.O., and in the end they will continue to blame our commander-in-chief.

As democrats have been using N.O. as a political tool, I’m certain they appreciate the cut and run efforts of New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan.

DannoJyd on August 29, 2006 at 8:42 AM

In all fairness, I can totally understand his office being utterly over their heads. I can understand he was probably being told it was a certain kind of interview, then found out it was one of those interviews later.

The question/criticism seemed innocous enough, and its puzzling why he and his aide freaked out about it.

It looks like arrogance, but it could have been frustration at being swamped and working hard at an impossible job everyday and getting nothing but attacked for it.

The kernel of the thing is that I don’t trust the press to fairly represent reality anymore. The interview is edited…who knows what else preceded the walkout?

lauraw on August 29, 2006 at 9:34 AM

He bragged about his 30% failure rate in closing the interview.

gary on August 29, 2006 at 9:59 AM

If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Douglas Brinkley’s “After the Deluge”. He enviserates Nagin and Bush. It is about as devastating an indictment of lack of leadership as you’ll ever read. The heroes of the story are citizens and an occasional public official.

Ron Brown interviewed this AM and claims we are no more prepared for another disaster, man-made or natural, than we were for Katrina. Consider the source of course.

honora on August 29, 2006 at 10:11 AM

Correction: The Great Deluge; After the Deluge is another one, not as good.

honora on August 29, 2006 at 10:14 AM

Once again, what do you expect a DA that is produced by that constituency to be like? Mayor, Police chief, City Council, Katrina Planners, and the general group of “thought leadership” providers in NO are all cut from the same cloth. Thank God they are not yet in charge of our National defense. Like the old saying goes, people have the government they deserve.

Shmo on August 29, 2006 at 10:18 AM

Speaking truth to error.

Mojave Mark on August 29, 2006 at 10:19 AM

While you’re considering the source, do keep in mind that Brinkley is well known locally as a political hack. John Kerry’s bio, Tour of Duty, is a book he’s more well known for than Deluge.

Laura on August 29, 2006 at 10:36 AM

In all fairness, I can totally understand his office being utterly over their heads.

With only about half of former N. O. residents having returned, I would think their tasks would be easier for the District Attorney, and as the question concerned a comment made by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales you would think he would have an answer ready.

When in doubt, cut and run.

DannoJyd on August 29, 2006 at 10:52 AM

“Stupid is as stupid does” Forrest Gump

Speakup on August 29, 2006 at 11:36 AM

While you’re considering the source, do keep in mind that Brinkley is well known locally as a political hack. John Kerry’s bio, Tour of Duty, is a book he’s more well known for than Deluge.

Laura on August 29, 2006 at 10:36 AM

Stephen Ambrose on Brinkley: “the best of the new generation of American historians”. But hey, what would

he

know about historians.

honora on August 29, 2006 at 12:23 PM

UUUGGGHHH, like many of you I am so sick and tired of hearing about the Chocolate City! Some Dem hack was on Fox earlier this morning my time and he was yapping about the fact that MS is rural and NOLA is urban and that the fact that MS has their act together and doesn’t complain, doesn’t mean a thing. I can’t believe these fools feel that it’s the government’s responsibility to do what they should be doing themselves. However, at the same time I’m not surprised. As for Brinkley, he is a Dem hack.

Catie96706 on August 29, 2006 at 12:32 PM

UUUGGGHHH, like many of you I am so sick and tired of hearing about the Chocolate City! Some Dem hack was on Fox earlier this morning my time and he was yapping about the fact that MS is rural and NOLA is urban and that the fact that MS has their act together and doesn’t complain, doesn’t mean a thing. I can’t believe these fools feel that it’s the government’s responsibility to do what they should be doing themselves. However, at the same time I’m not surprised. As for Brinkley, he is a Dem hack.

Catie96706 on August 29, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Ah yes, the milk of human kindness clots yet again. The human suffering of the regular people caught up in the combination of systemic incompetence and the brute force of nature–screw that, never, ever miss an opportunity to push and pull and knead any situation to align with your pre-determined worldview.

honora on August 29, 2006 at 12:42 PM

This gives an example of what “competence” passes for in New Orleans.

The DA had an excellent oppoortunity to explain his conduct and results on national TV. He instead gives foundation to the charge of incompetence by becoming hostile when reasonable questions about his performance are given. Out of all that happened in New Orleans he only prosecutes 30 in one year?

New Orleans needs a serious housecleaning – the Mayor, the DA, the entire public administration. Somehow I don’t think that is going to happen, their theme of “Chocolate City” seems to have a majority of voter support in the New Orleans area.

omegaram on August 29, 2006 at 12:42 PM

Honora, for some reason you seem to believe you’re the best and kindest person in the world. That’s great if you feel that way about yourself and I am happy for ya! How much did you give last year? We gave a lot both to the Red Cross and to my church which actually sent people from HI to help rebuild. However, I refuse to give anymore to people who call me a racist just by virture of the fact that I was born white. Like many people, I am tired of the fact that this has been turned into a racial issue and that W prayed the Hurricane their way. They are stuck with the incompetent clowns they voted for and once again, they put the biggest fool of them all in office. Of couse I feel sorry for these people but your constant negativity towards me has me wondering. I am sorry you dislike me so for my views but if you will remember we all have our freedom of speech and thought. Your grandiose ideas of how wonderful and caring you are mean nothing to me just as my “pre-determined worldview” should mean nothing to you. Get a life and have a happy Aloha Tuesday.

Catie96706 on August 29, 2006 at 1:07 PM

“Speaking truth to error.” Mojave Mark, you’ve made my day!

Doug on August 29, 2006 at 1:23 PM

honora,
I’ve got a link you NEED to read. It covers everything you talk about, truthfully, unbiased, and painfully real.

Special Hurricane Katrina 1 Year Anniversary Tribute.

NTWR on August 29, 2006 at 2:00 PM

Honora – I think a man’s work product speaks more accurately of him than another person does. Tour of Duty trumps Steven Ambrose, in my opinion. I don’t expect you to agree.

Laura on August 29, 2006 at 2:14 PM

Hey, once I saw all those Katrina victims standing around like a bunch of cows waiting to be scooped up by the government, the die was cast. I have compassion, but when people have allowed themselves to become totally dependent on their keepers to survive, I have bad thoughts. What happened to good old American self reliance? Are the liberals are to blame for the insane welfare state we have created where people no longer have the gumption to help themselves? I sincerely believe if I was in that situation with no money or car, I would have made something happen even if I had to swim and walk. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. All the emergency stuff should have been saved for the old timers, young, and the sick, not the healthy and strong. But, in our upside down world, Bush is to blame. How gullible can you be?

Shmo on August 29, 2006 at 3:31 PM

Those are stupid questions,” hmmm.
Come on everyone, those are our hard earned
tax dollars at work, and I urge all,
to keep flushing lots of federal bucks
down the New Orleans sewer.   /sarcasm
 

byteshredder on August 29, 2006 at 3:44 PM

New Orleans was a mess long before Katrina.

RobCon on August 29, 2006 at 10:08 PM

Honora, for some reason you seem to believe you’re the best and kindest person in the world. That’s great if you feel that way about yourself and I am happy for ya! How much did you give last year? We gave a lot both to the Red Cross and to my church which actually sent people from HI to help rebuild. However, I refuse to give anymore to people who call me a racist just by virture of the fact that I was born white. Like many people, I am tired of the fact that this has been turned into a racial issue and that W prayed the Hurricane their way. They are stuck with the incompetent clowns they voted for and once again, they put the biggest fool of them all in office. Of couse I feel sorry for these people but your constant negativity towards me has me wondering. I am sorry you dislike me so for my views but if you will remember we all have our freedom of speech and thought. Your grandiose ideas of how wonderful and caring you are mean nothing to me just as my “pre-determined worldview” should mean nothing to you. Get a life and have a happy Aloha Tuesday.

Catie96706 on August 29, 2006 at 1:07 PM

How odd. First, how in the world do you read my post and take from that I assume I am such a model of virtue? Secondly, I wasn’t aware I am “constantly” negative toward you–I thought this was the first time I ever responded to you? Perhaps not. Also, I find it ludicrous that you think all the folks in NO think you are a racist. Use your head.

honora on August 30, 2006 at 10:21 AM

Honora – I think a man’s work product speaks more accurately of him than another person does. Tour of Duty trumps Steven Ambrose, in my opinion. I don’t expect you to agree.
Laura on August 29, 2006 at 2:14 PM

Hey Laura: I won’t disappoint you!;)

Are you familiar with what I believe is Brinkley more popular work: Citizen Soldiers?

honora on August 30, 2006 at 10:24 AM

honora,
I’ve got a link you NEED to read. It covers everything you talk about, truthfully, unbiased, and painfully real.

Special Hurricane Katrina 1 Year Anniversary Tribute.

NTWR on August 29, 2006 at 2:00 PM

LOL. The Cindy Sheehan thing is really comical. You know what they say: life is a tragedy to those with a heart, a comedy to those with a brain.

honora on August 30, 2006 at 10:30 AM

Laura: meant Parish Priest by Brinkley, was thinking about Ambrose. Duh…..

honora on August 30, 2006 at 10:39 AM

No Honora, you have attacked me a few times. Did I say everyone in NOLA but look at Nagin, Spike Lee, Kanye West, I could go on but you believe you’re so intelligent you can use your head.

Catie96706 on August 31, 2006 at 1:46 AM

No Honora, you have attacked me a few times. Did I say everyone in NOLA but look at Nagin, Spike Lee, Kanye West, I could go on but you believe you’re so intelligent you can use your head.

Catie96706 on August 31, 2006 at 1:46 AM

Sorry, you have to be accountable for what you say. You said you stopped sending money to NO because

I refuse to give anymore to people who call me a racist just by virture of the fact that I was born white. Like many people, I am tired of the fact that this has been turned into a racial issue and that W prayed the Hurricane their way. They are stuck with the incompetent clowns they voted for and once again, they put the biggest fool of them all in office

Clearly you were talking about the people of NO, not just Nagin et al. You want to debate, fine, but don’t try that weasel-word crap on me. You’re right, I am way too intelligent for that.

honora on August 31, 2006 at 9:29 AM

I say we turn the damn area into a state park.
Not even worth our tax dollars to rebuild the city.
People there will continue to live blind to the fact that the next big hurricane will completely destroy New Orleans.
This is the second time they’ve been warned.
Everyone knows New Orleans is mostly below sea level, it always has been.
Whomever is dumb enough to live in Tornado alley will eventually encounter a tornado.
Same with New Orleans.
It’s only a matter of time ’til the next big one.

Kramer on August 31, 2006 at 10:23 AM