The Media DID IT again!!!!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Marlin, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    Unfortunately many were severely hurt by the media's rush to "get the news" without THINKING. I certainly pray for God to help these people through their grief and help them overcome their terrible ordeal.

    The Rush for News… And Its Consequences
    Posted By Bobby Eberle On January 4, 2006 at 7:30 am

    As many across the nation watched news reports regarding the thirteen trapped miners in Tallmansville, West Virginia, one could only hope that America would witness another miracle such as in 2002 when nine miners were rescued in Somerset, Pennsylvania. On Tuesday night, the word began to spread: the miners were found alive! As church bells rang celebrating the good news, media reports went to press without confirming the actual facts. In this case, there was no Pennsylvania miracle, but rather the heart-breaking news that the report was false, and only one of the thirteen miners was found alive.

    As detailed in Trapped Miners Alive! Wait, Not So…, at 11:50 on Tuesday night, “reports circulated that rescue workers had found 12 of the 13 trapped miners alive. Church bells proclaimed the happy news, spreading relief and euphoria among frantic friends and relatives.”

    But then, a few hours later, came the horrifying news: the unconfirmed, but widely circulated report turned out to be false — all but one of the 13 miners were dead, and the surviving miner was in critical condition.

    The coal company reportedly learned about the erroneous report within 20 minutes, but it took three hours to set the record straight.

    As noted in the FOX News report, rescue workers on Tuesday night confirmed finding twelve miners. They did not immediately indicate whether the miners were still alive. However, this information soon formed the basis of the miraculous “news” that the miners were alive and would hopefully be rescued. In their story, FOX News reports that “at least two family members in the church said they received cell phone calls from a mine foreman.”

    The unconfirmed news eventually made it into print as “a number of newspapers carried the headline ‘Alive’ in early Wednesday editions,” according to

    Later, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin had to go back to the families of the miners and let them know that earlier information was “inaccurate” and that twelve of the thirteen miners had perished.

    “About the confusion, I can’t tell you of anything more heart-wrenching than I’ve ever gone through in my life. Nothing,” Manchin said.

    The incredible urge for things to work out and for that one sliver of promising news to actually be true can often outweigh the less instinctive but necessary need to confirm the information. Everyone wanted a miracle, but someone, anyone, should have stepped up right from the beginning and noted that the information had yet to be confirmed. Better yet, information should have been routed to a single spokesman trained in providing fact-based information at the appropriate time.

    Reports indicate that the “celebration” lasted for three hours before the real news was given. To journey from high-anxiety and fear to jubiliation to sorrow in a matter of hours is tragic, and the families of the miners deserved better than that. Everyone wants to hear good news. Its the responsibility of the spokespeople and reporters to make sure the good news is really accurate.
  2. Deputy Dawg

    Deputy Dawg Active Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    Central Texas Gulf Coast
    I feel for the families or the miners, it is never easy to say goodby to a loved one, what a tragedy,and a doulble one on top of that because of the Media. :( :(

  3. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    The real tragedy here is that after 30 minutes, the company knew they gave out the wrong information, but waited 3 hours to tell everyone. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
  4. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    This morning the company's excuse was: They wanted to make sure that the 2d story was verified before they notified the families, hence the 3 hr delay. Jackasses!
  5. In the military what happened in W. Virginia is known as a SNAFU. I'll leave the military translation of that acronym to others. I wouldn't want the Admin people to get cross with me. :rolleyes: The real tragedy of all this is that those poor familys were put through not just one trauma, but two, all for the sake of "reporting the news." It makes about as much sense as those idiot reporters in Viet Nam reporting troop movements so Charlie knew exactly where our troops were and where they were going.
  6. Kimber Man

    Kimber Man New Member

    May 12, 2004
    I can only say two words.......................It's Sad...................
  7. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    The worst part of it is that the media is making the misreporting (THEIR misreporting!) the main news item out of this tragedy. Nevermind the 12 miners who lost their lives, the press is all over how this was so badly reported and they are blaming the COMPANY for the misreporting, not themselves!

    Another so-called "expert" has actually had the gall to blame Bush for the tragedy!

    I'm getting sick and tired of these leftist Bush-haters. While I'm not happy with everything he's done, he's done less wrong than the press would have you believe.
  8. Just like they tried to blame the Republicans in 2004 for their inaccurate exit polls! :rolleyes:
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