What About Us?
The disconnect CJR writes about in its September/October editorial I see regularly in the New York Times’s news articles and business reports—both factual and analytical disconnects. Social Security-only folks are seldom mentioned in detail. People earning $25K to $50K seldom fit in their reports. They can’t be included simply because they can’t afford the items the reporter talks about. Recently, CNN talked with senior women on Social Security but they were from Palm Springs. Poor? The only “poor” one received her Social Security and worked thirty-six hours a week. Our politicians, including President Obama, also don’t get down to the nitty-gritty of the low middle class or poor, perhaps because they haven’t experienced true poverty. The same goes for most reporters. We need more of them to care about the lives of the poor and bring their stories into our nation’s conscience.
San Jose, Calif.
In Nathan Deuel’s story, “Life Near the Center of the Story” (CJR, July/August), about freelance journalists living in Istanbul, we misspelled Monique Jaques’s name. We apologize.
Elizabeth Jensen’s piece about the weak news culture of public television, “Big Bird to the Rescue?” (CJR, July/August), reported that the PBS NewsHour “never paid local stations even a nominal fee for content.” While Jensen was referring to payments to local stations for local work as a way of encouraging local coverage, it is worth noting that the PBS NewsHour did base reporters at a handful of local public stations between 1984 and 2008, and used their work on the program.