At least, according to our friends over at DU - and the World Socialist Web Site. (Question - I wonder how much disagreements there are on policy positions between DUers and the writers/members/comrades at the WSWS?)
Maybe I'm not listening closely enough, but if this is true, it certainly doesn't seem to have been given much attention by the endless media reports.Twelve of 13 miners found dead after false rescue report
By Jerry Isaacs
4 January 2006
For its part, the Bush administration has gutted safety and health conditions in the mines. As it has in other regulatory agencies, the White House has stacked the Mine Safety and Health Administration with representatives of corporate interests, reduced funds and manpower to enforce regulations, and scrapped critical safety and health regulations.
Bush named former Massey Energy official Stanley Suboleski to the MSHA review commission that decides all legal matters under the federal Mine Act. The current MSHA chief is Richard Sickler, a former manager of Beth Energy mines.
It's interesting that the WSWS is viewed as a reliable news source... I guess since it's not part of the "corporate" media, it should be trusted.
Yet another confirmation of ARC's 1st Law - while Rove isn't named, we all know who his puppetmaster is...
Meanwhile, this guy notices the suspicious timing of the mining accident... no doubt, the corporate media is more willing to cover this mining accident than the really important news - Jack Abramoff.
2. With this, we have all the less time to cover Abramoff.
They would prefer there was none, but it would be too conspicuous by its absence. So, we have this, instead.
What a perfect illustration of how the corporate-owned media operates. It's too fascinating to turn off, altogether. :eyes:
This commenter was initially happy that the miners were reported to be safe, but was turned off by all that religious hoopla on TV:
I was happy that the miners were allegedly alive but could not watch
either Anderson Cooper or Rita Cosby (of course) and their "journalistic" teams interviewing everyone in sight, some having no connection to the families. My husband wanted to see some of it, though, so I had little choice for about 30 minutes, until the re-run of Jon Stewart. And the storyline was always the same -- "How do you feel?... did you lose hope?... do you believe in miracles now?" The latter "storyline' turned my stomach in particular -- all about them praying, and then the church bells, and people streaming out with "Praise the Lord" -- all this was very touching and understandable as the families' reaction to the false but happy rumor at the time but as the angle for the breathless reports utterly shameless, exploitative and stupid. And they were hyperventilating like that for hours -- with no confirmed reports. This morning, when I woke up to the grim news, I felt utterly enraged by the coverage. It was bad enough when we thought it was based on accurate information -- now it borders on criminal sensationalism and callousness.
ARC: St Wendeler