Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|Does this bother you? This morning on MSNBC a woman was interviewed about the mine tailings spill that poisoned the Animas River in which the reporter pointed out the hundreds of situations all over the nation that are not being addressed by the EPA. She also talked about their decision that the river is now back to pre-spill level and safe to use. The reason they were in that mine in the first place was the seepage from the mine into the Animas River and the risk it posed. She said this is a national problem. I wanted more information and found nothing on line on MSNBC. There are articles about movie stars and sports, about the woman in Kentucky who was jailed for contempt of court, and stories about entertainment shows on TV. In fact, the interview was followed by a report about a new fall TV show.
The original environmental report was no more than 3 minutes long, if that. If this is as important as the reporter said, and I agree that it is, why do the producers spend so much time on entertainment news and so little on environmental news? I would like, for instance, to hear just how a polluted western river actually impacts the east coast. What happens in the food chain? When is the media going to actually spend some time and money on looking into this in a way that lets us know what is wrong and what is needed to correct it?
I saw a place called “speak out” on the “official MSNBC Website.” It had quizzes. There is a discussion place where viewers can state their perspective. I have never seen anything that suggests the producers ever take this into account, but, on the other hand, when I have participated, the discussion was often as inane as the shows. So, this bothers me. How can we fix what is wrong if we don’t know what it is? How can we choose representatives to government if we don’t know what we need them to do? How can we find out if the media talks more about media than about what is happening in our rivers, soil and air? Does this bother you? Contact information to give feedback is: firstname.lastname@example.org