So, there is this whole airplane-near-the-White-House thing happening. I have been listening to the CNN coverage (it’s so circular and repetitive) and I’ve found myself thinking, “Why do they keep talking about this? It wasn’t a real threat, it was a mistake and everything operated well.”
And then suddenly, a guy was giving his first-person account on TV, and I got it. I remembered what it was like to be in that city around 9/11, and how even though, logically, you can accept that you are not a target, it still feels dangerous. I realized that if I were in the Capitol — or if I were one of these newspeople, so used to covering events there and talking to people who work there and all of that — this would feel like a real, immediate story to me.
So, maybe my point here is that I wish the news media would do a better job of communicating things like that in its reporting. But I think, also, somewhere under there, there’s a long story about forgetting what it feels like to think that this is an important, and frightening, development.