Have you watched Ray Suarez of the NewsHour from Mexico City? He seems a different person entirely from the grim professional at the desk back in Virginia, or wherever they be. He’s impassioned, fuerte, and alive. He seems thrilled to be bringing us the news; and I’m thrilled to receive it.
Of course I ascribe a portion of his enthusiasm to his habla-Spanish engagement with the story, but at dinner last night, a couple of friends pointed out that the culture of the NewsHour under Jim Lehrer is a bit dour. No smiles, a kind of thoughtful but impersonal professionalism. This viewer, anyway, is grateful for the new mood.