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Jul. 19th, 2007

Did anyone else watch the news coverage of that steam pipe explosion in Midtown yesterday?

And did anyone else think it was totally tasteless that Fox News compared it to 9/11 19 times in the hour before they stopped caring and switched to So You Think You Can Dance?

Like, alright, let's look at the differences for a second: 9/11 saw 2,973 people dead in addition to the twin towers collapsed and set off the chain of events that would lead to the Iraq war and countless others dead not to mention the feeling of American insecurity not seen since the cold war.  7/18 saw eight people injured and a big ol' hole in the road. Really not the same thing at all is it?


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Jul. 19th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's certainly an inaccurate comparison. I like Fox News though. :)
Jul. 19th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Well then, I'm sorry and I don't normally insult people who comment on my LiveJournal, but you're a goddamn idiot.
Jul. 19th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Not exactly. Thanks for insulting me though. I'll hold off on what I really think about you...

(Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you? Who are you to pass judgment when you don't even know me?)
Jul. 19th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'm fascinated to hear what you mean by, "Not exactly." I mean it. Do you mean that you're not exactly a goddamn idiot (in which case I have to wonder how far from exact I could have been) or that I it's not exactly true that I don't normally insult people who comment on my LiveJournal? Either way, please don't hole back. Tell me all about what you "really" think of me.

It's one of the great fallacies of American life that you have the right to voice your opinion without being insulted for it. If you are one of the people who honestly, honestly likes Fox News then I have to assume that you're an idiot. I would say the same thing if you were a Seven-Day Adventist or a Scientologist.
Jul. 19th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, are you on a power trip or what. o_o

I watch Fox News, but I also watch CNN, MSNBC. I go online and get my news from a variety of different sources. I've even read the New York Times on occasion, and you can't get anymore unbiased than that.

Please do me a favor and don't insult me when you don't even know me. The truth is, you've never given me a reason in the past to dislike you, but now it looks like I have one. I'd like to keep you as a friend on LJ, but not if you continue to insult me for no reason. Back off, please.
Jul. 25th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
I've even read the New York Times on occasion, and you can't get anymore unbiased than that.

I'd like to keep you as a friend on LJ, but not if you continue to insult me for no reason.

Equally classic statements.
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, Elizabeth, I love you to death.
Jul. 19th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
CNNs initial coverage made it seem serious for a city problem, but no where near as dangerous as a terrorist attack - that a pipe exploded in midtown, and it was just a big ole mess.

I can see how the story could have been made bigger than that, since whenever you see a big cloud and people running, you're gonna think 'we're all in danger' instead of 'I need to take a new subway or train'
Jul. 19th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, if I had been there, I would have thought I was about to die. It looked like the fucking end times. But the media should be above that.
Jul. 19th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on that. But, most of the media is slanted, and that's just the reality of it.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
1) This is not an example of media slant, this is an example of flagrant sensationalism.

2) Just because most of the media are (plural) slanted, that does not mean that we should accept media slant. It should be pointed out wherever it occurs.

3) Your argument, presumably meant to excuse Fox's shenanigans, is logically flawed. It's like when people say, "Well, yeah, cigarettes can kill you, but so can lots of other things. You could get hit by a car tomorrow." While true, what you have just done is say that because other evils exist (potentially lesser ones, mind you. Remember that you do not say, "Fox is better than most," you say, "most of the media is slanted," and I suspect that this is because you would be hard pressed to come up with evidence to support the former claim), you don't have to bother finding the lesser of these evils. Just because no one is perfect (and no one is or ever will be), that doesn't mean that you shouldn't find the closest there is to perfection.
Jul. 19th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Not to make light of the situation, but maybe Fox is in cahoots with Spottswoode:

"... It will be nine-eleven times a thousand."
"You mean--?"
"Yes. Nine hundred and eleven thousand."

I'm so far behind on the news that I don't know what's going on anywhere right now. It's really, really bad.
Jul. 19th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what you're talking about. Love the icon though.
Jul. 19th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Team America...

It's fresh on my mind because I just watched it again last week.
Jul. 19th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
The way you object to this comparison sort of reminds me of Godwin's Law.
Jul. 19th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
That's the Nazi one right?
Jul. 19th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Well, I will say this: I work 3 blocks from the explosion. A little afte 6pm, one of my coworkers comes running back into the office, covered in mud, and screaming about a bomb. She made several phone calls and then ran back out of the building. We just thought she had a screw loose, but 10 minutes later, the explosion is on CNN. So for people there, who didnt know what was going on at the time, I can definitely see 9/11 flashbacks. I dont think a day goes by working in midtown where I dont think of a possible terrorist attack.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, I totally see where you're coming from (well not with the thinking about a possible terrorist attack every day. Weeks at a time go by without my ever worrying about it). And the people there, the people who didn't have a birdseye view of the situation, the people who didn't have ConEd telling them, via phone on live television, that it was definitively not terrorist related, that they knew what exactly had happened, those people undoubtedly thought that it was a bomb. I would have in their situation, too. But the newsmen were not those people.
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