Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Texas fertilizer plant explosion cannot be forgotten

Have you reached Boston Marathon Bombing media fatigue yet?

The corporate owned media seems to be milking BMB -- blanket wall-to-wall coverage --for all that it's worth and ignoring other stories.

Tragic and sad as the BMB was, my god there are other news worthy stories that need more coverage.

Dare I say, MSNBC, FOX, CNN have provided scant coverage, at best, to the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

 In this tragedy more people died, more people were injured and more property damage occurred. To be clear, the Texas explosion had more corruption, carnage and death, yet it was significantly lower on the news food chain.

On Friday, as cable news networks sought desperately to fill airtime while waiting for the latest news in the aftermath of the Boston bombings, a friend asked me, “How come there’s no manhunt for the owner of the Texas factory, which did far more damage than the Boston bombers?” He was right to wonder.

The explosion of the West Fertilizer Co. plant on April 17 in West, Tex., killed 14 people, injured more than 160 and destroyed dozens of buildings. Yet unlike the tragedy in Boston, the Texas plant explosion began to vanish from cable TV less than 36 hours after it occurred. Marquee correspondents like Anderson Cooper were pulled out of West and sent back to Boston, and little airtime was spared for updates from Texas, even as many town residents remained missing. The networks seemed to decide covering two big stories was covering one too many, as if we journalists can’t chew gum and walk at the same time.

The media’s neglect has greatly increased the danger that the explosion will quickly be forgotten, to the detriment of U.S. workers.  source

One can almost see the collective media thought process:

"In Boston we have foreign influenced dark skinned males (thanks John King -- even though the brothers look pale white to me) and even better, they are radical Muslims."

"On the other hand, in Texas we have an under-regulated and dangerous plant too close to residents; operated by a possible gazzionaire tycoon that places profits over public welfare and safety."

"Alex, we'll take scary Muslim terrorist for all the marbles!" 

What did you expect? Bill O'Reilly can't rant against the sins and crimes of the uber wealthy 1% as he can about the "evils" of Islam...

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