. . . Friday September 9, 2005

Spine Time

Jay Rosen on the press and Katrina:

Spine is always good, rage is sometimes needed, and empathy can often reveal the story. But there’s no substitute for being able to think. What is the difference between a “blame game” and real accountability? If you’ve never really thought it about it, your outrage can easily misfire.

Bush has been way off of his game. Fema was slow to respond. The rage on the flooded streets was shot into the skies and the cameras in real time.

But I continue to think that that the outrage towards politicians is at least in part fueled by our collective inability to process the other parts of the story: the horror, the two Americas, the rage of the underclass, the unimaginable destruction, etc.

Concentration is important!