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Aren’t We Journalists Great?

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Self-congratulation is the theme of the St. Petersburg Times look at the various talking heads who swamped New orleans last week. Especially appaling is Campbell Brown’s pull quote (HT: Mediabistro):

“Watching the power struggles play out between New Orleans officials and the state and federal government has been beyond frustrating. … They let the bureaucracy get in the way of saving lives,” said Brown, the anchor on NBC’s weekend Today show, who grew up in Louisiana. “A lot of people died, I believe unnecessarily. And there has to be some accountability.”

Now, Ms. Brown, exactly what did you “watch,” and could you describe the “power struggles” for us? Or does the use of a vague generaliziation cover for the fact that you have no specific power struggle to report?

And since you are certain that “a lot of people died,” and “unnecessarily” at that, could you give us a number to go along with that “a lot,” and your basis for so concluding? After that bit of fact finding, could you assign us blame for those deaths which –their being “unnecessary” after all, carry with them your quite intimation of culpability.

Note that we are apparently supposed to credit Ms. brown with greater authority because of her origins in Louisiana.

This is as a bizarre story as Campbell’s preening and moral posing is routine for journalists fresh from their week in a windbreaker on the front lines.

What is truly amazing is that the whole lot of them seem to think that the public esteems them for what they do.

We will invite Ms. Brown on the program today, just as we did David Gregory today. The odds that either will accept is near zero. You can guess why.

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