Why have mainstream media outlets refused to report on the Exxon oil spill in Arkansas?
There was initial reporting on the ruptured pipeline and oil spill in an Arkansas residential area, but as quick as it was reported it has been hushed up. Reporters going to the site have been threatened with arrest and even the FAA has declared the area a "no fly zone." Who do you think is pulling all of the strings and why are news channels not giving time to this environmental hazard? Last week for instance, the major networks talked nonstop about the nonsensical 50 year anniversary of the soap opera "General Hospital," yet couldn't report on Exxon? What the heck is going on?c
Corporate America owns the government, lock, stock, and barrel. They will protect their own above all else. This country is now securely founded on greed and self-serving of the wealthy. There is no turning back. "the people" have lost all control. And it will only get worse. So, no mystery here - big oil cannot abide by another news frenzy like the still unresolved disaster in the Gulf o f Mexico.
Plus, I think much of the lack of coverage is due to the pending XL Pipeline deal.
that's the point. this spill could mean disaster for those who want every cent they can get from exploiting that last drop of oil on this planet. Greed has no boundaries, nor does the lust for power and control.
I read the "no fly zone" is a norm for any disaster area but the rest I am not sure of. I did read there are already a number of these pipelines in place and they are all old and need replacement. I just wonder why they can not see the danger to something way more important than oil, our water supply!!
I am not sure if the press not reporting is a good or bad thing. Of late the American press reporting is more guesswork than fact and leaves you wondering how to find the real story.
I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The story was reported here, and it looked like a network feed. A quick check of Google showed that stories were carried by the Washington Post, CNN, Washington Times, Reuters, Fox Business, Fox News and US News and World report. The spill was nothing like the BP spill. It had no impact on commerce. No one was injured. There was no fire, and it was quickly contained. Many local stations, just did not include the feed in their local news, and the networks did not allocate the manpower to go cover the spill, which after the first day, was not that dramatic to see.
Pipelines are about the safest way to transport crude oil. Sometimes, a valve will rupture. A welded spot will crack or some previous incident that went unnoticed will weaken a section of the pipeline.
Just because it involved the oil and gas industry, does not mean that single event was national news. There are numerous refineries and chemical plants in my area. They sometimes have unexpected releases. People will be evacuated, or usually sheltered in place, which means to stay indoors, and the problem is resolved.
I did not consider the O.J. Simpson chase that was televised for about 60 minutes to be news way back then. The Arkansas spill, was not national news. Coverage had nothing to do with who owned the paper or the networks I did not hear about the no-fly zone—but it sounds like a good precaution, since oil can catch fire, which it did not do.
I agree that the time spent on reporting the 50th anniversary of a soap opera did not deserve more than a minute or two. However, that is the kind of stuff people watch. Most Americans do not care that a pipeline leaked in Arkansas. There were no injuries. People want security, except when they think its in their way. It is a difficult line to walk.
Please go to Mayflower and tell that town your version of what was done to their homes, businesses and lives. I am sure they will welcome your truths with open hearts.
I cannot respond adequately in this small space. In an incident like this there is always a problem coordinating the offender, the regulator, the elected officials, the media and the residents. The first step is determining what the next step will be
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