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“Katrinagate”

September 6, 2005

Ooooh… I heard a new word today…

Has Katrina saved US media? (BBC)

Then as now, good reporting lies at the heart of what is changing.

But unlike Watergate, “Katrinagate” was public service journalism ruthlessly exposing the truth on a live and continuous basis.

Instead of secretive “Deep Throat” meetings in car-parks, cameras captured the immediate reality of what was happening at the New Orleans Convention Center, making a mockery of the stalling and excuses being put forward by those in power.

Amidst the horror, American broadcast journalism just might have grown its spine back, thanks to Katrina.

Hunter should have stuck around for this; he’d have enjoyed the next few months, I suspect.

(via the Interesting People list)

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