Memo to MSM: How To Cover Terrorism: Find and Talk to Experts, Like John Burns, Leon Aron, Andrew McCarthy and Richard Grenell
The best way to cover breaking news when audience numbers swell but there is little in the way of real detail to add is for all media –from the oldest brand in MSM to the most recent account opener at Twitter– to provide context and background for the details that eventually do emerge.
I’ll try and do that Friday with interviews with the New York Times’ London bureau chief John F. Burns, AEI’s Leon Aron, the prosecutor of the Blind Sheik Andrew McCarthy and former chief spokesman for the U.S. Mission at the U.N. Richard Grenell. I’ll also talk with journalists and public intellectuals John Hinderaker of Powerline and Commentary’s John Podhoretz. I’ll wrap up the show by going back 2,500 years to the Athenians’ use of terror in a conversation with Hillsdale College’s Paul Rahe.
Transcripts of the interviews with Aron, Burns, Grenell and McCarthy will be posted as they become available at the Transcripts page, but this sort of journalism isn’t that hard to do, but it does require producers who know where to find experts worth hearing from and anchors/reporters willing to ask questions, e.g. Jake Tapper, Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Sean Hannity. HT to Duane, Adam and Danielle, and a note to MSM: You can’t have them.
I mentioned this excellent novel today: Terrorist by John Updike. Very much worth a read over the next few days:
And, of course, if you haven’t read The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright, just don’t offer opinions on Islamist terrorism. It is the primer, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Wright esteemed across the political spectrum.