Wednesday, January 04, 2006

11 of 12 Miners Reported Alive Are Dead

So after posting yesterday that I didn't see any way these guys had survived, I was pretty surprised but happy to hear that I was wrong last night. Well, of course, as it seems happens with any big story these days, somebody fucked up and apparently only one guy survived. I'm sure there will be a lot of people blaming the mining company or the governor's office, or the media, but as upset as I would be if someone in my family was one of the miners, I can't too upset at anyone in this situation. I'm sure it was a terribly stressful couple of days all around, and obviously this shouldn't have happened, but I don't think anyone would maliciously spread false information, or withhold the real information. At least I hope not. I imagine that this rumor started somewhere that they were alive, possibly because the one guy was, and it spread quickly because that's what everyone wanted to believe.

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4 comments:

somewaterytart said...

I agree. It seems the anger over the misinformation is really anger over the deaths, which is understandable of course- but is that a justifiable reason to sue the mining company? It depends on why they're suing.

John Howard said...

Right, I can understand being upset and things obviously should have gone better, but I think getting so upset about the misinformation is really just channeling the anger about the deaths, especially if they tart suing. Now, if the company was negligent and contributed to the original accident, that's a whole nother ball of wax.

Robert Bayn said...

Rita cosby last night was trying to blame the governor or the police for not saying the orginal reports were false, i felt like, "ya sure rita, they are trying to save people, but there going to watch 24 hour news to make sure you are reporting the facts"

Chris Howard said...

The misinformation seemed to give the families something to focus their emotion on. I can't imagine going through the roller coaster they did. I think the lawsuits would have come anyway. But the bad information gave their grief a target.