I think David Carr needs an invite to Rising Tide
To the extent I’m aware of David Carr’s work, which is primarily via his pop culture pieces in the NYT, and tweeting, I’ve usually thought of him as fairly insightful. Today, not quite as much. Today, Mr. Carr appears to be afflicted with a touch of tone deafness (and I’m not just talking about the way he pronounces Biloxi).
In a brief video piece in the NYT Media Decoder blog, Carr muses a bit on Gulf Coast newspapers, — and I’m not saying anything against either of these newspapers —the NYT, Creighton Burnette’s rants, and Pulitzers. Granted, he does put an “in part” in there, but then he ends with the statement that without these journalistic crutches, Creighton wouldn’t have had much to say and “Treme” probably wouldn’t have been made:
“I think it’s important on the day the Pulitzers are handed out to remember that the reason he [John Goodman] and Mr. Simon were able to come up with that character, make those speeches, was due in part to the Times-Picayune, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, which won Pulitzers for their reporting. The New York Times has also done a lot of ongoing infrastructure reporting about New Orleans. It’s worth thinking about because great stories are often the result of great facts.
Without good, solid reporting, there probably isn’t something called “Treme.”
I’m not saying Mr. Carr’s heart is in the wrong place, I’m just pointing out he doesn’t seem to know much about New Orleans, Treme, or David Simon, or that, if he does know, he is omitting some pretty relevant facts. In addition to missing, or ignoring, Simon’s mentions of Ashley in the media, and having no apparent knowledge of the day in/day out efforts of the NOLA bloggers and others to keep the stories about faulty infrastructure, no schools, corruption, and general widespread misery in the forefront, Mr. Carr doesn’t seemed to have watched the last season of The Wire or read very much about the extra warm spot David Simon has deep in his heart for the Pulitzer Prize.