America awoke today to the devastating news that 12 of the 13 miners trapped in West Virginia had died, even after it was reported last night- following the word of the state's governor and the president of the mining company- that the 12 had survived. Reportedly, the misrepresentation occurred when mining company officials misheard the voice of a rescue worker over a speaker phone.
Clearly, there was failure on a massive level here, and it's necessary at this juntcure to get to the bottom of it. But if you go by reaction I heard on talk radio and saw on some blogs this morning, it's just one more opportunity to bash "MSM," as though mistakes made by the media are somehow a bigger story than the fact that a dozen people are dead. The reporters weren't able to actually go into the mine to see what was happening- so they listened to the word of the government officials and mining company executives, some of whom lied directly to them. The governor, honestly, probably has to resign at this point- and I wouldn't recommend buying stock in International Coal Group anytime soon either.
For some MSM-haters the biggest story of Hurricane Katrina was not the death of hundreds of people or the destruction of a major city- it was that "MSM" incorrectly reported a few things about what was going on there. For them, at this point it's really reached a level of postmodernism- no news story is ever more important than "MSM"'s coverage of that story.