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Wide White: If you haven't received a memo today...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

If you haven't received a memo today...

...then you must not be a reporter.

Apparently some seven-year-old memo was leaked to a reporter anonymously warning that the bolts that failed to hold in the slabs of concrete in Boston's Big Dig were, well, prone to failure.

Don't get me wrong; what happened at the Big Dig is atrocious, and just one more example of preposterous government waste.

However, to make a headline out of finding one memo - ONE memo! - warning about the bolts' weakness is ridiculous.

I've never run a construction site, but I imagine memos fly back and forth and all over the place. Since when was every memo deconstructed for content, analyzed, and spit back out to reporters as the silver bullet that could have saved the situation from ever happening?

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. Reporters seem to have very intuitive 20/20 hindsight vision. It's their actual vision forward that seems to be pretty blurry.


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