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Tragedies: Teevee's Pennies From Heaven

By The Reverend Published: August 18, 2007


HUNTINGTON, Utah - The search for six miners missing deep underground was abruptly halted after a second cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured at least six others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach them. Link

Need a bit of background on the Utah mine disaster? Background the teevee people will avoid?

Read this and then this.

Then Josh Marshall attempts to be reasonable with the teevee media about such disasters....

Perhaps it's not time to assign fault while active rescue operations are underway. But once that's over, maybe it would be worth the networks taking a tenth of the time they use milking ratings from these mine sagas and cast a little light on how a lot of this is preventable if the mine owners would stop breaking the rules and the federal government stopped looking the other way. Link

The question The Reverend has is, 'Why would the teevee media want to report on how these mine tragedies could be prevented when the mine tragedies, themselves, provide so much 'good content' from which advertising revenue can be generated for the

greedy bastards shareholders'?

And let's face it.....what teevee viewer doesn't just love a good live tragedy, especially the suspense of not knowing if there are any survivors? Isn't it the ultimate 'reality teevee'? Riveting stuff. Sick, but riveting.

Tragedies are great sources of revenue for the media. Just think of how many teevee ads were sold during that great American-made

act of military imperialism tragedy, Iraq. You remember, 'Operation Desert Melt', or whatever the hell they called it.

If the media sought to tell the truth, in hopes of preventing tragedy, they would be hurting the bottom line....and let's be honest....what's more important? Preventing tragedy or increasing the bottom line??

It's not a trick question.



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