The Corner

Re: Terror in The Skies

The astonishing thing about this story is the laziness and incompetence of

this country’s journalistic establishment. Annie Jacobsen’s story has been

out there a week now. By this time we should know all sorts of things: the

name of this Syrian band, the place where they played their gig (or

certainty that there was no such place), interviews with other passengers

who were on Annie’s flight, and so on. The NY Times, the nation’s other

broadsheet newspapers, and the big Network and cable TV outlets all have

highly-paid staffs of reporters who should be digging these things out.

So… where are they? The piece in today’s Times is pathetic, telling us

nothing we didn’t know. Any London tabloid could do better investigative

work than this. Perhaps the National Inquirer will come up with something?

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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