Comment: Yeah that was a big wake up call for me

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Yeah that was a big wake up call for me

Like anytime you get a wakeup call when you're still fast asleep, it was disorienting.

Why wasn't Ted Kopple covering the WTO protest in Seattle? There must have been 50,000 people on the streets. It was a sea of people as far as the eye could see. We shut down the meeting. We weren't going away.

So the mayor called a curfew. A curfew! In a major American city. Not during wartime. It was extraordinary!

I couldn't wait to see what Koppel had to say. This was going to be great. I had to walk about 8 blocks out of the city core to get a bus. I couldn't wait to tell my dad what happened, then get Ted's take.

And then...

Elian Gonzales? It was like - WTF. I know that is such a cliche, but it was bewildering.

And as the Seattle protests went on all week, so did the coverage of Elian Gonzales. All week long.

That was a huge piece of data. That was my cynical awakening.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.