The honest smile that lights the day’s dim news

Our journalistic future, with Mizzou-Columbia alum, RealClearPoly, and CNN analyst, is bright with that sincere smile. Public Domain, I hope.

I get mesmerized … with that smile. It’s hard to turn away.

I speak of Rebecca Berg. The 27-year-old California native is national reporter for RealClearPolitics. But I see her quite often on Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room” on CNN where she is a political analyst.

Berg speaks with a gravitas that belies her age. And, even though she is cuter than a speckled pup — trust me, that is cute — she is more than just a pretty face. I have seen young female journalists who were not much more than a pretty face. But that is, fortunately, rare.

 

Nonetheless, it appears Berg has put in a lot of work  from her days at University of Missouri — a well-regarded J-school — and her earlier OJT as a fellow at The New York Times, plus a stint at BuzzFeed.

Berg is not a wannabe scribe, and not a TV poser. She does it without extraneous “Look-at-me-me-me” face time.

Young Ms. Berg does wield a smile  that seems second nature — Or first nature perhaps. The smile looks so very honest. Smiles such as the journalist’s can be mistaken for those whose lives have been cruelly locked into a sadder-than-sad cynicism. Not her smile.

Her honesty shines through while speaking of heavy interactions in the often screwed up world within and outside the District of Columbia.

To quote an old Southern rock and roll tune from the 1970s by the oddly-named band, Wet Willie:

“You say you got the blues/You got holes in both your shoes/Feeling alone and confused/Just keep on smiling.

“Keep on smilin’ through the rain, laughin’ at the pain
Rollin with the changes til the sun comes out again.”

Yes ma’am, Ms. Berg, keep on smiling.