January 04, 2006

So I was trying to write this Meme....

...that Margi tagged me with, and I was watching the PC about the miner who went to the hospital, when a woman ran up to Anderson Cooper screaming that all the other miners were dead.  Seems that just when they told us all was well, the worst possible thing happened.  And I'm sobbing.  Just sobbing.

How in God's name did they fuck this up so badly?  We were wondering why we didn't see the miners come out, why the ambulances weren't running, why the hospital only received one patient.

Now we know.  What kind of cruel bastard would let this happen to these poor people who have suffered so much over the last two days?  How could they have been taken from the depths of despair to utter joy, back to horrified pain again?

The president of the mine company is on TV right now, eating a big shit sandwich.  Trying to cover his ass, but frankly the man is going to burn for it.  He says his company never said everyone was alive.  But in reality, they never said that they weren't either.  His company could have avoided this SNAFU by saying that they COULD NOT CONFIRM that there were any survivors.

Now he's spinning like a top.  Your ass is SO toast buddy.  Your company is going down in a blaze of courtroom glory.

Anyway, maybe tomorrow I'll answer that meme and Fight On! for USC, but tonight, I just don't have the heart.

Let your dear ones know you love them everyday.  You never know which day is the one when they won't come back to you.

Posted by caltechgirl at January 4, 2006 12:16 AM | TrackBack

I'm planning on doing a post on this later today after I'm done doing some research. So far it appears it was the media the screwed this up, not the mining company. In fact this morning at the newstand every paper had headlines that said 12 of 13 miners found alive. Yet, lastnight when I went to bed, the news was already saying all but one had died.

Posted by: Contagion at January 4, 2006 05:38 AM

Actually, the headlines are a result of the news cycle. All the eastern/central papers were "put to bed" before the news was announced. They were showing the papers in a "Dewey defeats Truman" way on the news channels at 4-5 am EST. I was up hacking my brains out and watching.

Sadly, it was indeed the mining company that F'd up. They knew 20 minutes after the initial release that there were 12 total fatalities, yet they sat on it for 2 and a half hours by my reckoning.

That is unacceptable.

Posted by: caltechgirl at January 4, 2006 08:20 AM