Reply To The New York Times

Media Statement Regarding the August 27, 2009
NewYork Times Website Posting 

The New York Times article makes it clear that the only thing everyone agrees on is that government inaction led to needless deaths and that chaos and confusion reigned at Memorial. 

Many of the statements quoted and assertions made in the article are inaccurate, taken out of context, or are based on third-party comment or hearsay and are not rooted in reality. 

Mentions of helicopters arriving on Wednesday when they did not actually arrive until Thursday is but one example.  Likewise, the article several times mentions an unnamed female doctor, leading readers to believe or assume that the doctor in question is Anna Pou.  In realty, there were four female doctors working at Memorial during the storm.  This important fact was conveniently left out as it failed to help the author lead readers to her chosen conclusion. 

There is nothing new here regarding Dr. Pou.  The media has long reported the details of the arrest affidavit and the actions of the grand jury which vindicated her. 

The article does contain statements regarding other healthcare professionals which appear publicly for the first time.  We are not in any position to speak for those parties mentioned, and given what we know to be inaccuracies in the article regarding Dr. Pou, we are hesitant to accept the legitimacy of those statements as well. 

Releasing this article in conjunction with the 4th anniversary of the Katrina disaster is shameless.  The timing makes clear the motives of the writer and the New York Times:  boost flagging sales and profit from someone else’s misery. 

      Rick Simmons
      Legal Counsel for Dr. Anna Pou