August 29, 2008
I will no longer make sweeping negative generalizations about journalists and the media.
I confess I have a history of being critical of the media.
OK, I confess I have been really critical.
I find myself sitting in my dining room trying to pull together a coherent blog entry for tonight and the room is spinning. Or is it me?
5 days, 3000 miles, 15 hours of sleep, many hours being fed a story by the DNC, and many more hours trying to make sense of what it all means.
It is very apparent to me right now that man does not live by coffee alone.
It is also very apparent to me right now that the adrenal glands only produce a limited amount of adrenaline a week.
Tonight is my penance for all the unfair criticism I have heaped upon journalists.
Its not that I am out of material to blog. To the contrary, I’ve got reams. My flight from Denver to Chicago was the Obama Express, with no fewer than 25 elected officials and delegates. That one flight alone, combined with my ongoing reflection on Obama’s speech and the entire Democratic National Convention, has given me more than enough material for days of blogging.
And then there is the matter of Sarah Palin.
The Democrats on the plane were positively giddy when they heard McCain’s choice. They positively feared Romney, and are thrilled with Palin. They were some high-fives exchanged as the news spread. My guess is that there were Republicans flying to Minneapolis/St. Paul doing high fives for the opposite reason. This choice needs to be analyzed.
The Democrats on my plane were making Inauguration plans. I am guessing there are Republicans doing the same. Ralph Nader is making plans of his own.
All of this requires analysis. This is the moment for intelligent reflection on Sarah Palin and what it means for the Republican National Convention and the Presidential race.
But that reflection won’t be coming from me. Not tonight at least.
I’m doing penance for living 5 days in the fast lane.
But tonight there are men and women who got less sleep than me during the last 5 days who are doing us all a great public service. They are doing what a democracy needs done. They are working to provide us with the best information possible to make informed decisions about the things that matter most.
This week I saw up front and personal how hard it is to be a good journalist. It is easy to be a lazy journalist and end up being a propaganda machine. I have seen some lazy journalists this week. But, I have seen many more hard working journalists. I have also seen how hard it is to write a story about a Presidential race when the two biggest corporations in the world, the Democratic and Republican parties, are seeking to write the story for you.
So tonight, I’m doing penance for living like I’m in college again.
Tomorrow, I’m celebrating my 28th wedding anniversary.
Sunday, caffeine and adrenaline willing, I’ll be on the plane to Minneapolis ready to do my part for the cause.
In the meantime, if you see a journalist, give them a hug and buy them a cup of coffee. They deserve our thanks and all the caffeine they can get.