Jack Shafer on a shift in reporting: “many of the broadcasters reporting from […] New Orleans have stopped playing the role of wind-swept wet men facing down a big storm to become public advocates for the poor, the displaced, the starving, the dying, and the dead.” (via MetaFilter
, who also link to this astonishing piece of video
from Fox News—Fox News!
—in which Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera—Geraldo Rivera!
— refuse to paint the picture as anything but bleak. Sean Hannity: “I wanna get some perspective here, because earlier today the images were all—” Smith, pointing: “That is
perspective! That is all the perspective you need!”)