In a recent commentary on the Huffington Post titled Why Are the New York Times and So Much of the MSM Neglecting a Vital Part of the Utah Mine Collapse Story?, Arianna Huffington raises some key questions about the story coverage decisions being made by the Main Stream Media (MSM).
The main thrust of the the commentary is to ask why the main focus of the stories is on the human drama of the rescue, with the mine owner playing a heroic role while the technical story of the root cause of the accident is virtually being ignored.
Of course, there is no real surprise there – a human drama is far more riveting and draws repeat viewers who talk about all developments around the water cooler as the drama unfolds. A detailed analysis of the causes of the collapse would not produce the same ratings numbers or advertising revenue.
I cannot help wondering why the mine owner is getting such positive press if his decisions were a major player in the collapse. In this case, it seems that there are plenty of reasons to suspect that the mine owning company bears at least some responsibility for the tragic situation.
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