For those who find the NY blackout the most fascinating story of the month, “scourge of the liberal media” Brent Baker has already summed up the night’s weirdness in his Cyber Alert:
1) A bit past 6:30pm EDT, less than three hours into the
blackout in some parts of the Northeast, CBS’s Dan Rather wanted
to know if “any serious thought” had been given to canceling
Bush’s appearance a few hours later at a San Diego fundraiser,
“given the fact that so many millions of people are going through
this in the Northeast?” When Bush spoke about the blackout, CBS stuck with “Amazing Race 4.”
2) At about 7:45pm EDT on ABC, Ted
Koppel highlighted a “happy note,” from California Governor Gray
Davis, about how “the power outages on the East Coast pose no
threat to the California power grid.” Who thought otherwise?
3) Without any balancing political guests, several of the networks
gave a platform throughout the evening to former Clinton
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton, both of whom criticized Bush
administration energy policy. Hillary resurrected anti-
Enron talking points, denounced deregulation, castigated President
Bush and even defended California Governor Gray Davis. She got time
on ABC and CNN and on MSNBC.
4) Thanks to the blackout, we got to see the real Diane Sawyer, Paula Zahn and Elizabeth
Vargas sans benefit of blow drying their hair.