Monday, August 08, 2005

Not Sweet China o' Mine

I don't really mean to rag on the local newsrag, uh, paper, but check out this link to page 1 of the Nation & World section (you have to chose to see the Nation & World section yourself) in today's Santa Barbara News-Press and see if you can find some strange news evaluation going on. Don't get me wrong, I'm as happy as the next not-really-involved gawker that the 7 men aboard the Russian submarine got out alive. But did you see that very tiny "Also in the News" story down in the left corner about 102 trapped Chinese miners?

The latest news about these poor miners, according to the CBC is: "There is little hope that any of the 102 coal miners trapped underground by a flood will be brought out alive, officials in southern China said Monday."

OK, I'm a coalminers' grandson, so that might have something to do with it, but why do the 7 sailors get all the copy, and a hundred abused workers--note that article plainly states, "China's mining industry is the deadliest in the world"--don't get much newsplay? Is it that we love a man in a uniform? That we don't love laborers lost?


Blogger Lori said...

I am nothing short of stunned that someone besides me noticed this grave oversight. Thank you.

Oh well. At least Geraldo Rivera wasn't standing there gleefully tweaking his handlebar mustache, feigning concern for the miners' families as he stood by to give a body count.

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