A never-ending horror story

So how silent is the mainstream media regarding substantive coverage of  environmental issues? Deadly silent is my assessment.  Respect is earned in any profession. Mainstream media talking heads earn no respect as journalists because they’re just faux reporters reading teleprompters.  Several of these pretty faces revealed the shallow depths of their knowledge and understanding last week right at the end of prime time news hour which I witnessed as I went in search of other viewing fare.  Ah yes, the local channel 5 news team was laughing about the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes as a critical protest and then wound up JAILED.  Yeah, that clean-cut bunch of smiling bright perfect faces will never wind up in any jail–unless a law is passed prohibiting willful ignorance of other cultures and issues. I don’t see that happening any time soon–so they’re all on the loose to buy all the teeth whitening and hairspray they can consume.  For real reporting and journalism one of the sources I turn to is Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman.  This is seldom a pleasant listening experience because DN! goes where the channel 5 news team will never go—in search of what is often very scary truth.  One truth it’s not letting disappear is the never-ending horror story of the BP oil spill which continues to spread its deadly legacy through the waters, over the sands, and to the humans.  Thursday’s show featured Terry Tempest Williams’ and her article for Orion magazine–“The Gulf Between Us.”  Those gulf beaches may look as pretty as the faces of the channel 5 news team ladies–but it’s all surface level beauty–for the moment. It’s like the term ‘blue sky’ for nuclear radioactive testing—it’s all picture perfect image but deadly nonetheless.  If you’ve been wondering about the state of that supposedly magically disappeared BP oil then surf the cyber waves to Orion Magazine  for Williams’ heartbreaking article  http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/5931

and “Where is our outrage?” asks Terry Williams on Democracy Now! 

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/10/21/6_months_since_bp_oil_spill

I wonder what that pod of dolphins who watched the water BURN thought of us.  Yes, they watched–as do all the other living, sentient, intelligent entities that we humans often disparaging refer to as  “dumb animals.”  It’s very clear to me which species is either “dumb” or is just totally ignorant that it is nature too. Yep, we humans are indeed part of the web of life we so callously exploit, destroy, devalue, denigrate and despoil.  We’re hanging ourselves with our own ropes. Cutting off our noses to spite our own faces.  Yep. Where’s that coyote going???  I bet she knows where there’s some water that’s safe to drink.  But wait, as coyote she could be a trickster too. What would a trickster want with a human? Do you think those dolphins took out a contract on the humans? Why not?

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8 Comments

  1. lesliepaints said,

    October 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I am reminded, daily, of the effect we have on our wildlife with our encroaching upon their territory. Deer traverse our commons area to get from one woods to the next. Roadkill is at an all-time high around here, or so it seems,and I don’t drive long distances and witness it. Last year a possum sought refuge in my garage and I live in the city limits for heaven’s sake! Havalina and coyote get into my sister’s trash on trash day and stories of bear raiding peoples garbage is on the news, frequently. Our greed and our wastefulness is often swept under the rug and it is refreshing to meet people who are considerate and not wasteful. I wish for more to be aware and begin to turn the corner on a few things that could resolve some of these simple things for wildlife.

  2. October 24, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Mainstream media – pathetic! Only care about breaking news and moving on to something else – rarely indepth analysis and critical thinking. The National Geographic October 2010 edition is a special report on The Spill; Photos you haven’t seen. Stories you haven’t heard. Plus the future of deepwater drilling worldwide etc.,

    • October 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      Hmm. Gabrielle, I’m wondering if a list of offensive media talking heads is in order for us all to let off a little steam. It’s a thought. Seems National Geographic and Orion are on the same ‘page’. As for the drilling–let’s face it, it’s got to stop. We’ve got to transition to cleaner energies asap.

  3. artistatexit0 said,

    October 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    The mainstream media has been co-opted like many other institutions in this country. In my hometown, we had a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper that was bought out by Gannett Newspapers and is now a hollow shell of its former self. These days you have to search harder for news sources you feel you can trust and I suspect that most people aren’t going to do a sustained search to find those sources that will give them credible information. Yes indeed, where is the legitimate outrage?

    • October 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

      Al, your observations about your paper echo my sentiments exactly about the KC Star. When I first moved to the metro area I was pleasantly surprised at the in depth investigative reporting that is now as extinct as the dodo bird. There were no Mike Rykos but there was some very thoughtful columists writing–a couple even willing to take some heat–but now that’s less and less.
      Outrage indeed. I think a great deal of it is currently in FRANCE. Yep.

  4. lynnwiles said,

    October 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Eva, I share your outrage and subscribe to Orion Magazine. That is a beautiful photo of a coyote, they are now in our cities eating outdoor cats.

  5. Joe Andrews said,

    October 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I find it harder and harder to find reliable and sincere news out there almost daily..


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