Runaway Train Vs. Asiana Plane Crash – and the Media

Asiana Airlines Plane Crashes At San Francisco International Airport

Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul had more than 300 passengers and crew members aboard when it made a hard landing, lost a tail and caught on fire at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning.

More than 180 people were taken to nine area hospitals, but the majority had relatively minor injuries. As of Saturday evening the number of fatalities stood at two while at least five people were reported in critical condition.- Huffington Post

Lac-Megantic Explosions, Fire Sparked By Train Derailment

Balls of flames shot several metres into the air after a train from North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic early Saturday, sparking several explosions in the downtown core.

Up to 1,000 people were evacuated in the community about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.
It's terrible," Bedard said. "We've never seen anything like it. The Metro store, Dollarama, everything that was there is gone."

Some of the train's 73 cars exploded and the fire, which could be seen for several kilometres, spread to a number of homes. A large but undetermined amount of fuel also spilled into the Chaudière River.The train belongs to Montreal Maine & Atlantic, which says on its website that it owns more than 800 kilometres of track serving Maine, Vermont, Quebec and New Brunswick.-Huffington Post Canada

Update: 5 dead and 40 missing

Last night I watched the news unfold for each tragedy with sadness and curiosity on both American and Canadian cable news. While the Canadian news was careful about any assumptions on both topics CNN immediately played up the fact that 60 were considered missing for the Asiana plane crash. On the other hand Canadian news said they would keep the population informed about the missing and dead.

Today the San Francisco jet crash is consuming all American cable news, which is devoid of all else right now. Holy cow! People have died in this Canadian town that is half gone and it wouldn't make a dent on US cable news unless Canada accidentally let in some jihadist and he or she committed this tragedy. Is this story not ratings worthy?

In the US, one can look in vain for coverage of any real news events -- especially those pertaining to anything that happens in countries other than their own. How about famine or genocide in Africa, these things are ongoing, but those particular stories are determined to be lower priority in the news.

Between coverage of staged events and speculation about possible political contests that seldom materialize, the coverage of real news always gets sacrificed for the mundane or even the ridiculous. How do we get real journalism out there?

The mainstream media are now compromised by the advertising revenue that flows in from corporate America and pays their salaries. They don't discuss real issues apparently because they don't want America to become informed about the carpetbaggers who pay their salaries. Meanwhile, Fox and Clear Channel keep a certain percentage of the population entirely faked out every day and in a delusional state. Reality doesn't matter. So, between Fox, the talk delusion machine and the major media sidestepping real issues, the average citizen is clueless, and easily manipulated.

Let's face it, news is dead—TV news is, at least, and today "the US news" is not even remotely the news. It is cheap, hyped-up entertainment programming and they froth at the mouth for huge tragedies such as the Asiana plane crash to boost their ratings with repetitious comments and footage.

How many pictures of soldiers do we see from Afghanistan and Iraq? Does anyone else remember Vietnam era reporting? Every night we watched the death toll increase - now the only time I hear the death count in on This Week during the In Memorium segment.

We're at a 'bottoming out' period in journalism right now, similar to the yellow journalism period practiced by the Hearst monopoly in the 1930's -1950's. We haven't quite figured out how the new media, with some integrity and actual intellectual curiosity, will rise to the top but good people will eventually step forward. Real journalism will make a comeback after the TV and radio stations stop choosing ratings over substance. And sadly, it wont be in my lifetime.


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Comment by Linda Seccaspina on July 7, 2013 at 10:55pm

I agree. Zanelle.. I dont watch Maddow though.

David Colbert and Daily show are the most honest shows..

fire... they had a fire 1.5 after the engineer put it down for the night. firemen put it out.. very easy to see it did damage to the air brakes and pow it went down the hill it was parked on. Tragedy

Comment by Zanelle on July 7, 2013 at 9:55pm

When things happen locally it gets more coverage.  I just get the basic facts from the net and stay away from anything newsy except Maddow, Colbert and the Daily Show.  They are all I need.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on July 7, 2013 at 9:38pm
Really Jason and it moves so fast
Big Time Matt like a Stephen king novel
Comment by Matt Paust on July 7, 2013 at 9:19pm

Some crazy stuff lately.

Comment by Jason Giecek on July 7, 2013 at 8:55pm

The whole Boston Marathon bombing showed how well the news reporting works anymore, it was like, WE SEE ON TWITTER...what the hell? When did Twitter become a legit news source? ~shaking head~

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on July 7, 2013 at 8:03pm
South Park showed a similar thing about the media and I was quite excellent
Comment by Steve S on July 7, 2013 at 7:31pm

Yep. DMIL told us she had listened to concurrent plane crash coverage fro two hours. Appeared to know nothing more than we had heard in the 2-minute NPR news coverage we had heard on the way over. Somebody gets killed in an accident, and a lot of people get to escape their mundane lives for a couple of hours.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on July 7, 2013 at 7:10pm

Go Frank!!!! Miss the Frank..:) and you..

Comment by Steve Yaver on July 7, 2013 at 6:55pm

I was pretty proud of our local KTVU Channel 2 crowd yesterday. They were the only local station that stayed with the story pretty much all day - and living in the SF Bay Area, they made the right decision to do that, if nothing else to keep folks updated on whether the airport was open, etc. They didn't get sensationalistic, kept speculation to a minimum and one of their weekend anchor people is a private pilot and was able to give great information. They did a great job.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on July 7, 2013 at 6:38pm

Marsha... I am always out sunday morning but yes the more racier it is.. it pays the bills. I still long for the media of long ago


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