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Here we go again September 3, 2010

Posted by Peeps in news, random stuff.

Another oil rig just blew up.  Isn’t it supposed to be a while before we get a sequel?  The news hasn’t even really finished talking about the first one completely yet.  And now we have to go through the same thing all over again.

I don’t know about you, but I got mighty tired of all the coverage of the first rig disaster.  I was kind of hoping for a break for a while.

I’m not a big fan of the news industry.  I haven’t been for a long time.  I remember having to listen to the coverage of the Challenger disaster for more than six hours.  Without commercials.  And they just kept saying the same things over and over again.  All without actually saying much of anything.

The coverage of the previous oil rig explosion wasn’t quite as bad as that.  Certain not as bad as the 9/11 coverage.  But it just wouldn’t stop.

The daily count as to how long oil had been flowing into the water was kind of pointless.  Was it really going to make any difference if you didn’t mention how many days it had been?  Although, to be fair, I don’t recall anyone using that sort of thing since Walter Cronkite did back during the Iran hostage crisis.  Not that it’s the same thing.

But all the “experts” and pundits all pointing fingers in all kinds of directions was enough to drive a person crazy.  Everybody knew who to blame.  And everybody pounced on everything that didn’t work.  And everybody knew better than everybody else.  Really?

The whole thing sucked.  And now we’re probably going to have to go through it all again.

Maybe the news people can find someone new to blame.  But I’m not counting on it.



1. Schmidty - September 3, 2010

Understanding the media who are very supportive of Obama’s agenda regarding cap and trade and the drilling moratorium will help to put this story into perspective for you.

1. This was not a “rig”, this was a production platform. The difference is: one is actively drilling for oil or gas (“rig”) and the other (production platform) exists solely for the purpose of collecting oil and gas from a well that is producing. It’s a maintenance facility. There are no “blowouts”.

2. This was nothing more than a fire on the deck of the platform near the living/crew quarters.

3. There was no “mile long oil slick”.

I live in south Louisiana and know the oil industry like the back of my hand. This entire ordeal has the taint of political agenda all over it. A fire on a platform is an entirely absolute different occurrence than a fire on a rig. This event has been blown way out of proportion. Again, consider the agenda behind the reporting.


2. sjbraun - September 6, 2010

And I think a big part of the problem are the 24/7 news channels. I mean, is there really enough to report on all day long? (Actually, I’m sure there is, but think of all the stuff that happens in the world that is totally ignored. The news media totally frame what *is* news, and really when you think about it, that’s kind of scary …) I agree with your thoughts!

Peeps - September 7, 2010

Thank you. You’re quite right. The having to fill 24 hours a day is a whole lot of pressure. They can’t help but blather on.

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