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Pity the poor reporters - Digby -

or, are these idiots paid to write this.

There are people whose life will be forever changed by this event. Some, including a 8 year old, have lost their life. His mother and sister are in the hospital with serious wounds, and have both been amputated. It was two days ago, and all you can write about is this insanity? Shame on you (not Digby, Dylan Byers and Roll Call).

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/

Pity the poor reporters

by digby

The plaintive wail of the impatient journalist waiting to be spoon-fed the news:
"The range of suspects and motives remains wide open," FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers said, for the umpteenth time, at a press conference early Tuesday evening.

For many journalists I've spoken with today, this ignorance is tortuous. The identification of the attacker(s) and the reasons for the attack will likely have enormous political (and potentially geoplitical) ramifications, which will vary greatly depending on whether the attacker(s) is domestic or foreign, acting alone or as part of an organization. We're standing on the verge of a very important national conversation about something, and we have no idea what it is.

Others have managed to find solace in this. Over at the American Interest, Walter Russell Mead welcomes the waiting period. "It allows us to treat the horror on its own terms, to see the pure evil of this act divorced from any rationalization or justification," he writes. "Each hour that has gone by since the blast, each new report of heroism among the survivors and responders, each new detail about the identity of the victims clarifies the essential truth of the situation: there is no cause that can justify this deed."

I agree with that last point, but find no similar solace. I want to know the cause -- not because I'm eager to politicize the tragedy, but because I want to know where our national conversation is headed. A great deal of political, financial and emotional capital depends on the answer to that question.

Right. He doesn't want to "politicize" it he just wants to know where the political, financial and emotional "capital" will be spent.

I have read a lot of fatuous reporting on this event but I think this one may take the cake. The idea that they are "tortured" because they don't yet have all the information is just ridiculous. Moreover, the whining, passive tone is embarrassing. Reporters should be beyond busy right now (and many are), trying to get the story. Find new angles, write about the victims, get perspectives from people who've been there or from experts, contextualize it. Just waiting around for someone to tell you who did it so you know whether it's going to be a "left" or "right" story isn't actually journalism. I don't even think it's blogging. He could, for instance write about something else. It's not the only story in the world.

This is a perfect example of what's wrong with the beltway press. They literally see everything in the world in terms of the way it's divided up (in their minds) politically. This is a very shallow view of humanity and it's telling that they are anxious and "tortured" when faced with a lack of the information that would allow them to fit their news pegs neatly into their designated holes. I've always thought there was a psychological dimension to this and this seems to confirm it.

This attitude is a problem and not just for the press but for all of us. The world is a messy place and we need journalism that doesn't rigidly adhere to a particular narrative in order to understand it. It's gotten us into a lot of trouble in recent years.


Just do your job, report, report what you know ...

Let me add to this this inane claim by a guy on Roll Call. Seriously, there is a link between this tragedy and the fact our delegation has only two very freshmen senators? WTF?

http://blogs.rollcall.com/hawkings/bostons-crisis-coincides-with-states-fall-in-clout/

Boston’s Crisis Coincides With State’s Fall in Clout

The Boston Marathon bombings exposed not only the vulnerabilities of one of the nation’s iconic sporting events, but also the new limitations of one of its most iconic political institutions: the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

That much was clear when the state’s leading political and law enforcement figures assembled for Tuesday’s morning-after news conference. Speaking for the largest all-Democratic delegation at the Capitol was the state’s senior senator, Elizabeth Warren, who hasn’t been in office for even 15 weeks. She felt compelled to use her moment at the podium to assert that no clout was needed from her at a time like this.

“We did not have to reach out to the president,” she volunteered. “The president reached out to us.”

Standing silently by Warren’s side was the junior senator, William “Mo” Cowan, the appointed answer to a future political trivia question. His five-month sinecure will be over in June.
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