In the midst of all of the harumphing
about this month’s chemical spill into a tributary of the Ohio River and
the nine-county ban on tap water for days, NPR recorded a West
Virginian saying, “Without water, we’re up a creek without a paddle.”
Listening to BBC after Nelson Mandela
died left me sleep deprived. It was virtually nonstop from midnight to 5
a.m. on WVXU, and BBC demonstrated how a first-class news organization
covers a major story.