Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bone and blood is the price of coal

If the US had real media ethics discussions, one might focus on how it is that the owner of the collapsed Utah coal mine is allowed to be the public face of progress reports in the search for the missing miners. There was a clip just now of Robert Murray attributing the lack of progress to "seismic forces that still haven't settled down" -- when all experts believe that the only "seismic forces" are those that were caused by the collapse of the mine. Murray is therefore being allowed to push his view that an earthquake caused the collapse, which could well be his defence in future civil or criminal litigation over the accident. Nice to have such advance access to the jury pool.

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