Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Addendum: This is a dark day for American journalism. When I wrote the above piece, like the rest of the country, I believed the reports coming from reputable news organizations of the successful rescue of 12 coal miners trapped for 41 hours. Then came the sad fact -- it wasn't 12 miners alive and one dead, but in fact, the opposite, 12 miners dead and one alive (and critical). The news media of this country, so rabid to report the story first, didn't bother to get the story right. Even The New York Times, on its cover, reported the miners were alive. Does anyone check facts or sources anymore? This is an outright disgrace. How can a new organization ever engender trust when it doesn't care enough to get the facts right? Will a movie still be made? My answer is still yes, but now that depends on whether or not the sole survivor, Randal McCloy, lives to tell it. I think a documentarian should be willing to step up and uncover the immense screw up that resulted in the joyful (but false) headlines that dominated newspapers around the country today. Instead of Ron Howard, what this story now needs is Michael Moore.