Sunday, May 28, 2006
Indonesian TV news is more raw than the American variety. They charge right into people's hospital rooms. Last night at work, the TV to my left was set on a local channel, and there were protracted periods of screaming and chaos pouring into my left ear while I edited stories of screaming and chaos on my computer screen. CNN, on another TV straight ahead of me, was somewhat more decorous but still chilling.
I can't claim any close ties to Yokyakarta. I was only there for three or four days. But it was so recent, and Yogya is such a charming little city, it's terrible to see the images and think of the people and the place I remember.
In newsrooms, as in baseball, there's no crying. It would have been especially inappropriate for me to cry, when surely there are people at the Post who have family or close friends in Yogya. On the other hand tears would clearly have been the only sensible response.
Chad is on his way there. He'll be updating on his Merapi blog. I may head down tomorrow for a couple of days. One irony is that everyone in Yogyakarta has been focused on the danger from the Merapi volcano just to the north. Nobody expected this terrible blow from the south.
If you want to donate, a couple of organizations helping are Relief International and of course the Red Cross/Red Crescent.