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Monday, September 05, 2005  
Viewpoint: Has Katrina saved US media?

By Matt Wells
BBC News, Los Angeles
5 September 2005

Blog editor's note: More than one commentator has noted that the mainstream American news media have rolled over since 9/11 and, whether for fear of appearing unpatriotic or out of misguided nationalism, have tended to overlook the Bush administration's sheer incompetence and willful shredding of the social contract--until recently. But a gradual pendulum swing both in press coverage and public opinion, brought about largely because of the obvious mess in Iraq, has been evident at least since early spring. This tough-minded piece by a BBC correspondent suggests that "Katrinagate" will give the process new and perhaps undeniable momentum.

As President Bush scurries back to the Gulf Coast, it is clear that this is the greatest challenge to politics-as-usual in America since the fall of Richard Nixon in the 1970s.

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.

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