Thursday, September 20, 2007

Good Question

Pam Spaulding, over at Pandagon, asks it here:

Why haven't you heard of the Jena 6?

I was talking about them a few days ago and mr. delagar says who?

"The Jena 6," I said. "Down in Jena, Lousiana. You've heard about them? Kids who wanted to sit under the white-only shade tree....?"

"Oh, yeah," he said. "I think I might have read something about that in the New York Times..."

But he didn't remember anything at all about the story, which, you know, what?

Today the Day of Action for the Jena 6, for what good it seems to be doing.


Diane said...

Actually, I think I was one of the first Web people to write about the Jena 6, for Mother Jones. Now it is all over the radio, only the "investigative" reporters didn't even bother to learn how to pronounce "Jena."

Anonymous said...

Yeah, because getting the scoop and saying the name of the town right definitely trumps the whole trampling on the civil rights of children story.

Diane said...

Your logic escapes me: Getting the scoop would actually preclude getting the name of the town right, not be on a parallel with it.

If a reporter, whose stock and trade is words, cannot get the most important word in the story right, why should we trust that s/he has gotten any of it right?