I came home at 12:20 or so and checked my email, then clicked over to BBC world news (news.bbc.co.uk) for a second. I saw that the top, front page story was an explosion at an oil refinery on Staten Island. This seemed to me to be a fairly big deal, having possible terrorist implications-which is officially ruled out, but worrying. So I click over to CNN.com-nothing about it. Also looked at CNN on the TV as it was the only news I could find-nothing. I looked back at BBC and found that the explosion had occured at 10:10, and that they had reported on the effect of the blast on the oil market at least an hour before. As I was watching CNN at 12:45 or so, the story broke on CNN with an official statement from the mayor, two and a half hours after the explosion.
I would think that such a visible event (plumes of black smoke over NYC and a huge fire) would have warranted some breaking news without an official statement. This definitly helped confirm my loss of faith in the american news system.
Any thoughts or explainations?