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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

January 04, 2006

Oh dear

All the way to work this morning, 5Live kept playing the soundbite, "They're all alive!" ? and the whoops of joy as people above ground learned that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners had survived the underground explosion in a Virginia coal mine. Now, whoops, the Guardian reports that instead of just one miner being killed, in fact just one of them is still alive.

(As you can see from the screenshot, the NY Times is still reporting that they're alive.)

I've said before that in our 24-hour news culture, the first reports are always garbled and wrong. Yesterday, I heard an interview with the peace activist who was kidnapped with her parents in the Gaza strip over Xmas, and she was saying how they were hearing television news reports that they'd been released, three hours before they were, in fact, released.

In the war to be first with the news, factuality is the first casualty.


  • Bet the families of the dead alive ones were pleased and will continue to subscribe to those news channels.

    There was a bloke who used to drink in the testmatch in West Bridgford that I knew well enough to speak to who was killed in a mining accident.

    That was in the mid 80s. He was two years older than me. Went to the same school.

    I can still see him in my mind's eye, sitting on one of the stools at the upstairs bar, laughing with his girlfriend.

    By Blogger SimonHolyHoses, at 2:22 am  

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