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Jack Kelly, Nick Lemann and Matt Labash –American Journalism Gets Off the Floor

Monday, September 12, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Two pieces for your Monday reading.

First, Jack Kelly takes an objective the enormity of the federal government’s successes over the past two weeks. Key graph:

Journalists who are long on opinions and short on knowledge have no idea what is involved in moving hundreds of tons of relief supplies into an area the size of England in which power lines are down, telecommunications are out, no gasoline is available, bridges are damaged, roads and airports are covered with debris, and apparently have little interest in finding out.

The Kelly conclusion will eventually dominate coverage of this storm. Kelly represents American journalism’s left brain finally kicking in after the trauma of the past two weeks.

And the best of American journalism’s right brain is also beginning to appear. Nicholas Lemann’s essay on his home town of New Orleans is must reading. (HT: Michael Barone) As is Matt Labash’s amazing piece in the Weekly Standard.

After an epic disaster, everything takes a couple of weeks to get close to normal, including American journalism. The hysteria is subsiding with the flood waters. Thank God.

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