I’m hearing a lot of my conservative friends argue that the media is “ignoring” the New York City plane photo-op mess, but I don’t think that’s a fair assessment at all. They may be less inclined to put this at Obama’s feet, so far, and I still can’t believe White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had absolutely no information on what had happened several hours later. But at least some of the mainstream media I’ve seen last night and this morning — CNN, the Washington Post, Olbermann — isn’t ignoring it, and they’re not excusing it. Note this reaction from Brian Williams:
This was dangerously mishandled. As I said the other evening at a gathering of New York City firefighters: even after all these years, among many New Yorkers, 9/11 still feels like it was about 10 minutes ago. The pit is still there, though it’s now a construction zone. The losses don’t go away. No one is bringing my neighbor back to me. I will drive by his house on my way home from work tonight, and he won’t be there. We still look up at the sky (in ways we never did before) when we hear low-flying aircraft, and we still worry. Lower Manhattan is no place for an unnanounced low-altitude jumbo jet-and-fighter-jet flyover.
Someone should pay for this.
Media bias and sloppy journalism irritate me as much as the next guy, but when members of the mainstream media actually do their jobs, folks on the right ought to notice.