Tuesday, September 06, 2005

We're the media, and we're here to help.

Will all those angry reporters in New Orleans add up to a new ethos for the US media? The BBC thinks so. In the midst of all the flooding and chaos in New Orleans, our journalists started to actually do their job and call bullshit on the politicians. After years of spineless coverage where the networks would simply regurgitate what the spin doctors fed them (think back to the Clinton Impeachment, Bush v. Gore, 9/11, the Iraq War, etc.), the Katrina coverage has taken a decidedly different tone. How long this will last is anyone's guess, but you have to imagine - when Anderson Cooper went after Sen. Mary Landrieu on CNN, he felt alive for the first time in years.