Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Dewey & Truman Trapped in Mine

Sorry, I'm gonna get a little serious again...we'll be back with jokes about colored midgit retards later today or tomorrow.

Unlike some irrational kneejerks this morning, I'm not going to blame the media for spreading false hope to the families of the 13 trapped West Virginia miners.

Had the media been nowhere near that mine, the rumor that 12 of the 13 were coming out alive would still have made its way around the Tallmansville community late last night. I mean, the media practically got the information from the families.

It surely is the media's fault for not confirming the false account with the mine owners, and for reporting nationally what was certainly not definitive. I do blame the media for that. But the families themselves can't blame the media for spreading false hope, and thankfully, I don't think they are.

The real criminals here are the Sago Mine owners -- the previous deadbeat owners and the new ones, International Coal Group. Federal authorities cited the Sago Mine for 21 violations last year for a build-up of combustible materials, part of the 208 federal safety violations at the mine (up from 68 the year before). The mine had 11 roof collapses in the past six months, and nearly 100 of these violations were dubbed serious and/or substantial.

Then these fuckers jump the gun and tell the emotionally fragile families, off the record, that their men are coming home, only to flip the script and and tell them three hours later they were dead. If this isn't grounds for an angry mob to string the mine owners up by their testicles and/or anus, I'm not sure if we'll ever see such a clear case.

I'd love to fly around the country and collect all the Dewey Defeats Truman-like newspaper covers, but I don't have the time nor the resources. Poor me. Instead, I'll just link to this article from Editor & Publisher and hope the mainstream media remembers it may need more confirmation than "Some Random Dude in West Virginia" before it can start reporting things in the future.

It's like fucking amateur hour again. This is why nobody trusts the media anymore. They have now generally resorted to acquiring key information from everywhere but the real source, all in the name of ratings. You know who's fault this whole "miscommunication" situation really is? Fucking Nielsen.

(Thanks to Xenobe for the Dewey pic.)


At 2:35 PM, Blogger Russell Kahn said...

I blame God, clearly. Everyone down there was praying to god for the safety of the men, then thanking him when they thought the miners were saved. So why not blame him now?

West Virginia, almost heaven.

Love to see E&P referenced, incidentally; I used to work there.

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

E&P is a GREAT publication Russ...there's a lot of critique to be made of the media, and I love what they do over there. Never shoulda left!

I always blame God.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Seyeko said...

I wonder how fast South Park is going to satire this one? Too bad they just finished up their season. It'll be out of everyone's mind by the time they get back, or actually, that might work in their interest....

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Momentary Academic said...

Now the media is just going to hound the family of the man who hasn't yet woken up from his Carbon Monoxide coma.



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