I know our American News Media – news weasels – who thrive on digging up the slightest bit of trash and throwing it onto millions of television screens for all to see. I also know their tendency to over-blow issues and incidents (the Clinton scandal was a prime example). With thousands of members of the lunatic fringe lurking on the Internet determined to find out anything about everything concerning government and then posting it for public view.
A hurricane swept through a major city in Florida and devastated it a couple of years ago. It was declared a national disaster area and help flooded in from all areas. The death toll eventually came out as only being about 300 people.
Then I ran into a carpenter, a year or so later, who worked down there and he laughed over the death toll, stating that it was in the thousands. He said the National Guard was watching over warehouses where bodies were being stacked like cordwood. Further discussions over this with people I know who are politically smarter than I pointed out that such things have happened before.
As for the current one, since the city is in the natural path of hurricanes, and gets much of its income from tourists, the local government decided to ‘fudge’ the death tolls so as not to ruin the tourist trade. When I asked why, it was pointed out to me that hurricanes arrived in the middle of the tourist season and it was felt that if people knew the true extent of the people killed that they would start avoiding the city during hurricane season, which would cost them millions in lost revenue.
Being somewhat naive, I asked if the city fathers would prefer the massive loss of tourist lives if another massive storm hit rather than loosing some bucks by allowing the people to be aware of the dangers. The answer was yes.
I was appalled. I was also wondering how the major news networks, so fond of dirt digging, missed the actual figures.
Then I watched, over the years, some similar reports show up on the history channel. Like a major city in California – I can’t recall the name – when it was founded and thriving, an Earthquake almost leveled it through fire. The businessmen and local governments decided not to tell anyone about the actual cause of the fire – the earthquake – because they stood to loose millions if people found out that they built along a fault line. So, they did not and by the time it dawned on everyone else, the city had become a major metropolis – and the earthquakes more frequent. Each time one hits, someone dies and the amount of property damage is high.
All for greed.
Apparently, even today, local city governments have lied about death totals from major disasters and the news media seems to go right along with it. I would think that such a happening would be a juicy scandal for the news, so, why does it go on and why does the New Media not jump all over it?