On Sunday, September 4, Aaron Broussard, president of Jefferson Parish, La., appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press. He broke down as he told the story of a woman stranded in a nursing home who kept calling her son for help, day after day, until she finally died on September 2, ostensibly because the federal reaction to Hurricane Katrina was too slow. Broussard’s heart-wrenching story was a major moment in the anti-Bush media frenzy that followed the hurricane.
Only it turns out Broussard’s story was untrue. NBC has now issued a correction:
New details and interviews with the son whose mother died in the flood show that the tragedy unfolded from Saturday through Monday, Aug. 29