Letter from Newtown

I want to commend the wonderful young writer Rachel Aviv, whom I now avidly read whenever she has a story in The New Yorker.  Her latest, last week, was about the hometown reporters in Newtown, Conn., who covered the Newtown massacre for the Newtown Bee.  All of them had lived much of their lives in Newtown, and they viewed their responsibility to the community as transcending their responsibility to their profession.  What makes Aviv’s story so powerful is the empathy it conveys, her willingness to honor the humanity of these journalists, even though she knows, and indeed acknowledges in her piece, that they didn’t always play by the normal rules of journalism.  They cared too much to inflict that much pain.  I loved this story –joe nocera

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