Here’s an interesting read from Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post’s ombudsman, on the coverage of Katrina. He gives the media high marks for asking the tough questions when it became clear that many evacuees weren’t being care for properly. I give the media high marks for that too. I can’t say I agree with this extension:

Maybe, just maybe, journalism needs to bring more passion to the table — and not just when cable shows are obsessing on the latest missing white woman.

Great idea. But, who’s passion should reporter’s bring to the table? From what political viewpoint? Should journalists be passionate about the taxpayer money they see Congress wasting? Or should they be passionate about the cuts proposed for Medicare?

Passion’s great. But, I’m not sure we need more of it that we already have.