11 September 2005

Jack Kelly: No shame

Hat tip to Power Line, great read.

"The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne."

"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."

This hits on a trend that's been going on for some time. The typical reporter or reporterette doesn't seem to do much background research on the stories they pretend to be experts on. They do the same thing when they talk about evil, cop killing bullets that are teflon coated, armor piercing, and capable of shooting down an airplane; when in reality, they wouldn't be able to pick out an AK-47 from a Mossberg 500.

Also take into consideration that of the many "how to talk to the media" events I've had to attend, they all stress that the poor reporters/reporterettes are too busy nowadays to write their own stories, so if we write them for them, we'll have a better chance to get our information out. How many news stories have we seen in the last few years that look as if they were written by the head of the DNC, or Handgun Control Inc?

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