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.