David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times gave a terrific talk at SIPA (Columbia Univ.) last night. He embodies the reason I decided to become a journalist: he shared his intimate knowledge of a wide range of subjects and complex issues without dumbing down for a general audience (well, maybe not so general; this was Columbia, after all).
I took issue with him only when he dismissed the idea that the oil spill would reach or affect Europe. I don’t think I’m being Chicken Little for fearing that the Gulf BP catastrophe has global implications that will impact us even in ways we still don’t even suspect for decades, if not centuries to come. When the oil and the even more toxic dispersant permeate the food chain as they must, who can foretell the consequences?