Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Press finally wakes up.

In Katrina, CNN "learned from Jon Stewart how to use simple juxtaposition to make a point," says New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen. "Clip of a federal official explaining how no one anticipated the strength of the storm. Clip from the Weather Channel proving plenty of people did."

"Journalists seem to be much more effective than the administration in representing the public's reactions to the disaster," Rosen says. "Clueless federal officials seem to know less about what is happening than the journalists do, and sometimes less than an average TV viewer. This tips the balance of power toward the press, which is why we see such aggressive questioning and on-air criticism close to jeering."

Read the rest at USA Today

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