Really, there’s nothing wrong with this. And this formula for news-related press releases is hardly Hillary’s alone:
“The saddening news that Detective James Zadroga’s death was directly caused by his exposure to toxic fumes and dust at Ground Zero reminds all of us of our continuing obligation to do whatever is necessary to help those who sacrificed their lives and health on September 11, 2001, and in the days and weeks afterwards.
Last December, my colleagues and I restored $125 million to New York, that was rescinded by President Bush, to remain available for ongoing Worker’s Compensations Claims and for baseline and follow-up screening, clinical examination, long-term health monitoring and treatment, and other care for these heroes. At our urging, the Secretary of Health and Human Services appointed a 9/11 Health Coordinator to continue monitoring the long-term effects associated with Ground Zero.
Still, isn’t anyone sick of this script? It’s as bad as the Town Hall meeting where someone asks about Social Security and the politician responds, “You know, last month, I met a woman named Eleanora, she’s 90 and lives in Oneonta. She’s got a lot of spunk. And she said to me, ‘We’ve got to solve the social security crisis.’”
So I present this because it’s supposed to be rewritten by reporters in a way that seems less opportunistic, and because we don’t have to rewrite it, because this is a blog. Maybe I’m just too new to this gig, and that’s why I find this remarkable?
- Tom McGeveran