A View of the News from Outside my Country

The tragedy of this bridge collapse is only made worse by the manner in which the news covers it. I am at something of a rare vantage for an American when it comes to this, in that I am witnessing this from outside the country. This is a perspective I am growing to appreciate more as the news in the US gets more aggressively sensational over time and is less news and more an arm of government and corporate propaganda to keep us all scared so that we keep buying and remain a society comprised of bags of putty. I would never say that there is a huge conspiracy to make all of this happen, because it is so transparent that to call it a conspiracy would be foolish. It is just a natural chain of events for those who are greedy and has been around since man wanted bone that other man had.
So, yesterday morning, I woke up, nine time zones away from home to the news of this bridge collapse in Minneapolis. I saw this watching the British news group, BBC. I then clicked over to to the American news group, CNN to see what they were saying. In essence they both said the same thing and reported the same facts. The only difference is that BBC actually reported it as news and not this attack on American driving that leaves us all wondering if we are safe, which is the manner that CNN used. For BBC, this was one story of many. For CNN, it was the only story. You could see this reflected in both of their websites. Yes, it’s true that BBC is a world news agency, but so, in theory, is CNN.
What really sickens me is that for US coverage, I’m seeing it play out exactly the same way as the 9/11 coverage did. They keep repeating the same facts with the same videos and pictures, drilling this in to the mass consciousness that yes, you are not safe. You need more insurance or a bigger car or a hydrodynamic suspension system in the case of bridge collapse while driving. In fact, while I was watching, nothing was known, because it was about 04:30 there, but this didn’t stop CNN from pulling out archival footage to show other bridge collapses from the last 10 years. Given that we have over half a million bridges in the US, the law of averages in these situations would predict these kinds of things happening, which is why I bet that CNN has some little nugget of videos and “facts” stashed away for any kind of disaster to hit the US. I always get the feeling that when I see things like this, the American news agencies are more interested in creating the news than reporting the news. Perhaps they all have massive inferiority complexes from being what is supposed to be passive channels reporting on the events that happen for too many years. I am reminded of a bit in The Simpsons where the helicopter reporter took off his shoe to throw it from the helicopter at a fleeing suspect. I have a feeling this sense of emasculation isn’t far from the truth of real life.
Whatever that case, I’m thrilled to be here, because in the US, I bet this will dominate the media for the next week or so and then completely disappear, just like New Orleans did. Oh yeah, you didn’t know? They still haven’t rebuilt the town, but why report on that?
A View of the News from Outside my Country