always helps out with context.
In discussing Jules Crittenden's critique of war reporting
, he reminds me of stories the media like to tell
-- whether or not the facts are there to allow them to tell those stories.
When I was a young guy out of law school in his first job, I participated in the Bench, Bar, Media dinners (it was a small town). One of the things I learned is that the District Attorney was acutely sensitive to the press: and would object to attorneys on the other side "making their case in the media". I suppose that was some of the difficulty faced by the journalists covering Nifong
, though they finally came through after it was clear that Nifong was in trouble.
But what bothers me most is that the mistakes all have a common pattern. The narratives, the stories that want to be written, are all stories with templates from the "grievance studies" departments.