Twitter has been known to be the source of breaking news. Many people will tell you that they found about many major events like Steve Jobs passing from Twitter (as I typed this sentence the Big Bang Theory characters were talking about news on Twitter!!).
On Monday, when I was going through all my card from BlogHer and following my new friends I saw something about a refinery fire in San Francisco at the Richmond Chevron oil refinery. I found Tweet Pics and Instagrams of enormous smoke plum and flames that were visible from many miles away. I instantly turned on CNN and Anderson Cooper was reporting from the most recent shooting in the US.
I waited for him to cut away. I waited for the ticker on the bottom to say something. I waited for something, anything to happen. NOTHING.
I went to Wikipedia to read about the refinery on fire and someone had already updated the page listing it was on fire!!
I went to find the local news coverage on the internet and watched that for a while. They were giving residents directions to shelter in place and how to properly seal their homes to protect from the air pollution.
I switched back to CNN, surely they were covering this by now. Nope and to the best of my knowledge they never did. I eventually gave up and went to bed.
What does it say about our media when a major city in the US is n the middle of a an environmental crisis and there was no one reporting on it? I think I would not have written this if there was at least something on the ticker about it.
If they will not cover a story this big that was trending on twitter…etc. How can we rely on them for our other environmental and health news?
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