Monday, September 11, 2006

What we remember

Why is it so important to write about what people remember about 9/11? I know -- because the Enquirer doesn't have any staff to do any actual reporting on the matter. To observe the five-year anniversary of 9/11 (the Enquirer makes an art of covering anniversaries, rather than doing anything original), the paper asked readers to send in recollections. About 150 did, and those are transcribed for our reading displeasure.

Now, I hate anniversary stories, but I'll say, yeah, this is a big one, and one that about every newspaper is allowed to work with. But what the Enquirer did was just lazy. And what they did on the editorial page was even worse. Three editorial writers give their remembrances. Their opinions are just about worthless. This is what the rest of the world did -- commenting on how the US responded to the attack and whether the world is safer. Editorial pages are supposed to take on tough questions, collect information from disparate sources and make sense of it all. The Enquirer just makes nonsense out of this.

I mean, Jesus -- on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, we get a front page story about laundry. Can the Enquirer get any worse?


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