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Industrial TX disaster Not news worthy ? WTF?
 

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

4/23/13 11:02 AM

Industrial TX disaster Not news worthy ? WTF?

This is a pretty extensive disaster it seems. Boston news cycle trumping it into obscurity it seems? ?

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Wheels
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Needham, MA

4/23/13 1:35 PM

Agree.

The disaster in Texas has more loss than the BM event, yet it is only a blip on the radar. In the Boston area, it is barely mentioned here, but the news here does have a daily 10 minute update on the condition of the bombing suspect (morning/noon/night) in the hospital before we talk about the weather.

Today's (April 23rd) boston.com front page.

http://boston.com/

No mention of the TX disaster.

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Andy M-S
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Hamden (greater New Haven) CT

4/23/13 1:40 PM

Accidents are less interesting...

Hate to say it, but it's true.

West is getting some press, and got quite a lot for the first few days (especially with the video of the explosion), but it seems to have cooled fast (except for the muckrakers on FB pointing out that it had a lot more explosives on hand than it should have, wasn't on the regulatory radar, etc.). Overall, you're right--it has passed quickly out of the mainstream.

But then again, it wasn't criminal or terroristic, was it?

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

4/23/13 2:21 PM

Timing?

Perhaps if it happened a couple days BEFORE, rather than AFTER the Boston bombing, it might have gotten more press coverage?

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Sparky
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4/23/13 3:24 PM

The blast damaged 150 buildings, including three of West's four schools, killed 14 people and injured more than 160 others. It was so powerful that it set off seismographs, registering as a 2.1-magnitude tremor.

Note to self: Do not live near fertilizer factory.

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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Brooklyn, NY

4/23/13 3:43 PM

It's gotten plenty of coverage here in New York. But then, we have real newspapers and real tv news . . .

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
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Location: Springfield

4/23/13 6:05 PM

" muckrakers on FB"

I guess you mean facebook, because under-regulation doesn't sound like fox broadcasting.

A real tragedy, as real as the one in Boston.

Does anyone recall in the Boston speeches any mention of moral support for the families in West? Not that I don't think it would escape the speech writer's imagination, but listening to them all is unlikely.

BTW, it took until Monday before I heard an analysis of the Boston shut- down that agreed with mine: It was a lesson sent to the world of how to effectively shut down major US cities for a day.

Two differences:
Mine recognized terrorists' willingness to trade a life to accomplish the task, (obviously.)
The commentator raised the point that discovery of the suspects involved intense gunfire.
Long term security issue vs Episodic public safety concern.
Difficult decision, and one I'm not going to second guess.

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
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Location: Midland, MI

4/23/13 7:03 PM

NPR & PBS

NPR and PBS have been covering the West, TX explosion well. I don't listen to local news because it's pretty much Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" over and over. And yes the tragedy in TX was covered in the Boston speeches.

The shutdown of Boston was strictly because the bombers were so clueless that they didn't have an exit strategy and so were running around town when they should have been long gone. It's like Timothy McVeigh and his broken tail light. Around here it's the guys with suspended licenses that have the defective cars that attract the attention of the police. Not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

4/23/13 9:29 PM


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It was a lesson sent to the world of how to effectively shut down major US cities for a day.

The trade off is not shutting down the city and deal with the risk of more bomb death.

The terrorist had shown they still had more bombs in hand. I don't think they had build them intended to battle with police. They were intended for more civilians.

In the same vain as the press ignoring the explosion in Taxas. The police can also choose to let the (clearly identified) terrorist running around in the city and let everything run as normal too.

A lot of country would choose to let life be normal and hunt down the terrorist quietly. The results are mixed.

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