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There is class distinction apparent in the media coverage of the explosions last week in two American cities....marathon runners are a whole different bunch of people compared to fertilizer plant workers. The Cardinal in his cathedral has a whole different audience and voice than the lay preacher standing in front of a burned out home.
The vast power of the national security state comes to find and prosecute the Boston bombers but the shredded OSHA budget calls for...what? The plant hadn't been inspected since 1985.
Politicians local, state, and Federal in Mass. are making big promises, but in little West, Texas, their only representation is a governor who hates the Federal government and regards OSHA is an enemy of his oil industry.
Today the "Atlantic (magazine) Cities" web mailing had several stories about Boston but there isn't any "Atlantic Rural" to help us here to have a voice.
What powerful senators will help West, Texas in the future? What media giant will tell their story, and the back story of de-regulation, Texas legislative intransigence, and ferocious class-ism?
As we say in this Texas desert here, "It ain't right".

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  •  In wayback days (0+ / 0-)

    the Progressive movement raised a stink about things like the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Years afterward, my mom told me about it, and it was one of the first newsreels I ever a primary school rural Texas.
    The point here is, that a critical mass of people need to raise a stink about their friends, neighbours, and even the people a couple of states over.
    Laws don't change unless lawmakers make them change, and lawmakers don't get off their sorry butts until the people they're governing complain loud enough to get their attention. A lot of people on this board, and elsewhere, complain that the politicians, the system, and the media is bought. When the Progressives started working for change, this was also the case.  

    You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

    by northsylvania on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:18:31 PM PDT

  •  I keep wondering (1+ / 0-)
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    if TPTB in Texas really WANT that story covered?

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:38:11 PM PDT

  •  Class distinction, really? (1+ / 0-)
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    More like a media placement difference: national and international press on site broadcasting live when an explosion happens, versus no one with a camera on site. Plus, the media loves carnage porn and drama--car chases, shoot-em-ups-- that glue people to their TVs. All the great visuals in Texas would be static by the time the big-city cameras arrived.

    You're citing the Atlantic magazine/website, long based in Boston, as definitive proof that the media don't care? And it's "cities" website, which focuses on cities, not small towns?

    That said, I fully expect with the Boston story now becoming more routine, some reputable parts of the media will turn to the West blast, the corporate negligence, and the stupidity of having no town planning. I sincerely hope that some executives and probably town officials end up in jail. Patience...and put the pressure where it belongs. Complaining that the media aren't in a feeding frenzy over this story is a bit odd--everyone else is complaining about the way they handled the Boston story. You want real journalism for West, not the 24-hour-entertainment media.

    •  Atlantic (0+ / 0-)

      No, I didn't cite the Cities paper as proof that the media don't care, just that there isn't deep progressive coverage (that I know of) of rural issues.
      I just feel kind of bad about the whole thing, and wish the news crews in West could be assigned to the deeper story there.

      •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

        that there isn't enough serious coverage of rural issues on a sustained basis, but I think if we look at the coverage of labor issues, the progressive media does focus on environmental, safety, working conditions, etc. in agriculture and mining. And i do think that without the bombs in Boston, the West story would have been leading, as coal mine disasters bring a spotlight to negligence, Congressional hearings, and the rest. I'm hopeful this explosion, and those who lost their lives, will get their due when the frenzy in my neighborhood subsides.

  •  The response of politicians (0+ / 0-)

    What has Gov. Perry done to procure support from the federal government?  Try to imagine him engaging in conversation with Washington.  I can't - maybe the people of Texas need to look at their the failure of their state leadership at the next election.

    Gov. Christie was able to reach out and get help from the government during Sandy.  Gov. Patrick has been extremely proactive in embracing whatever help could come our way.

    Texas elected a stupid, stubborn governor.  This situation demonstrates why that's a bad idea.  In the end, the people of the state suffer terribly as a result of poor leadership.  if you'd had the kind of leadership NJ or Mass. has, things may be different.

    My heart goes out to the people of West, Texas.  Your governor has not done right by the people who are suffering, and that's not fair.  Between the fertilizer company an your leadership, you're right - it ain't right.

    But neither is terrorism.  An eight year old, a 23, 26, and 30 year old with their lives ahead of them, dead, all from working class neighborhoods and communities.    A newly wed couple who both lost limbs.  Numerous amputees.  A peaceful Muslim community living in fear of retaliation.  

    My hope is that West Texas and Boston can suffer and heal with best wishes for each other, and that Texas elects leaders who work for the people and can put their egos aside in times of tragedy.

    •  casualties (0+ / 0-)

      I was formerly a prosthetic limb maker, thought about those poor people up there too.

      The people of Texas do look at their state leadership, some in approval of theocentric lawmaking, some are appalled and hurt by it. But GOP gerrymandering has succeeded here in a most definitive way, it's rigged bad.

      I don't know what we could possibly do to elect "leaders" who would help our education systems, our desperately fragile environment, our wholly corrupted juvenile prison system, our...

      makes me feel sad and sometmes hopeless.

  •  plume: lots of cameras onsite, but not big-time (0+ / 0-)

    news-network/cable-show cameras. Cell phone cameras, mostly.
    Took the media awhile to get there from Waco / DFW, from what I understand.

    Point to this rant of mine is a counterpoint to much of what has been written here -- some of it by kos himself -- about what happened in West. Everybody wants to see some giant corporation brought to its knees in the aftermath of a preventable disaster.

    There isn't such a corporation in play here -- this is in some ways the opposite of the PCA plant up in Plainview in that regard. The grain elevator and fertilizer distributor in West belonged to a family, or maybe just the family patriarch, who'd been running the business for 7 or 8 years, according to the Dallas paper, as a source for fertilizer for farmers in the area -- and complying with the rules as he found out about the need to, more than likely by getting written up for noncompliance by state and federal outfits doing piecemeal complaint responses.

    The system that's supposed to make our industries, including agriculture, safe is so full of holes it's almost beyond belief. One of the ones we have not solved with the help of the Department of Homeland Security is that they don't communicate with state or county officials to find out where things like railcars full of ammonium nitrate live.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:14:35 PM PDT

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