CBS, NBC Mine Tragedy for Business Attack
Point fingers first. Ask questions later â€“ if youâ€™re the â€śCBS Evening News.â€ť
As six miners remained trapped in a
â€śThe collapse is also raising questions about the lack of communication with the miners. After the Sago disaster in 2006, Congress reacted with reforms. In what was called the Miner Act, owners were ordered to supply oxygen-filled air packs to every miner, radio locators for emergencies, plus a wireless communication system. Critics though have harshly complained that the deadline for these reforms is too late, June 2009,â€ť said CBS correspondent Wyatt Andrews.
But Andrews didnâ€™t explain that the Crandall Canyon Mine, owned by Murray Energy Corp., was already on track to comply with these standards.
â€ś[The owners] are doing what they can to make [the mine] safer,â€ť said Bruce Dial, a former Mine Safety and Health Administration inspector to the Salt Lake City Tribune. â€śFrom what I've seen, it appears to me to be relatively safe, compared to what else is around.â€ť
CBS also left out information about the mineâ€™s past safety. According to experts quoted by ABC â€śWorld News with Charles Gibson,â€ť the Crandall Canyon Mine â€śhas a good safety recordâ€ť and â€śthe accident rate there is half the national average.â€ť
The Associated Press reported that if the miners are alive, they would have plenty of air because oxygen naturally leaks into the mine according to the chairman of Murray Energy Corp., Robert E. Murray. Murray also said the miners have enough water and oxygen to last several days, 1,500 feet below ground.
Contrary to the â€śWorld Newsâ€ť account, â€śNBC Nightly Newsâ€ť framed the story to make it seem the
â€śThe federal government recently cited the mine 11 times for various violations,â€ť said NBC correspondent Tom Costello. â€śOver the past seven years the mine has reported 35 injuries, but no fatalities.â€ť
But while that may sound bad, the