Letter: Not a time for jokes

Letter to Romenesko

From DAWN KETTINGER, communications director, Michigan Nurses Association: We’ve been watching from afar in Michigan, seeing all the horror our fellow human beings are facing, and also stories like nurses heroically saving lives by evacuating hospitals last night in NYC, literally keeping vent-dependent babies alive by manually bagging them as they walked them down flights of stairs. Then we see media doing things like this [the Detroit News retweeting the “Count Stormula” crack].

People are hungry for information and connection right now. Moments of misjudgment are understandable, but perhaps it is worth another discussion of how media use their resources and power.