I’ve read several articles in the past couple of days about the quality of the reporting around Hurricane Katrina. That, for a change, it was incisive and critical. From the BBC:
But last week the complacency stopped, and the moral indignation against inadequate government began to flow, from slick anchors who spend most of their time glued to desks in New York and Washington.
Also, from the New York Observer:
Reporters like Mr. Bury covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are ripping away the kinds of journalistic niceties that have attended most of the major news events since President George W. Bush took office. The kinds of questions that came up at the dawn of the war in Iraq–is it O.K. to report from the flatbed of an Army truck and follow troops around if it means you can penetrate into the center of the conflict?–seemed perverse in the New Orleans left behind by Hurricane Katrina.
Finally, check out this video from a Whitehouse press conference. That sort of vigilant enquiry has been missing in that room for the past five years.
UPDATE: Xeni just posted on the same topic with a good round-up of suddenly-spineful journalists.