If the lamestream media follow their pattern of obsessed, 24-7 no inhibitions, no judgment sensationalistic coverage of the Minneapolis Bridge collapse, we can expect, as the bodies are pulled from the river, to see them shown, as close up as possible on our TV screens.
If we go back to recall the way the lamestream (mainstream) media covered the Virginia Tech murders, or the Anna Nicole Smith death, we can expect days on end of vast stretches of wasted airwaves. We can expect them to use the same ten second loop of footage over and over and over again-- as they've been doing.
Of course, Fox News raises the idea of privatizing bridges. Privatization is the corporatist's dream. Take property that's owned by the people, paid for and improved by the people and give, or sell it at a ridiculous bargain, to some company with insider connections to corrupt government officials-- who will end up with a cush, overpaid job, working for the corporation when the government job ends. Then, charge fees for use of the bridge that massively slow down crossing the bridge and make it unaffordable to many former users.
Meanwhile, as the lamestream media spend 98% of the next day or three covering the bridge collapse, congress is winding down. Better two watch C-span than to hear from the latest engineer or government official about why the bridge collapsed. Better to watch C-span.
It is worse than sad, that the mainstream media fail us so predictably. It is an outrage. We can and should do someting about this. The future of media is NOT network television or network news. It will be people powered. The hundreds of millions the mainstream media spend on reporting the news includes incredibly bloated budgets and superstar pay stubs for hacks who do little more than stenographic journalism-- just reporting what politicians say-- failing to ask tough questions, failing to challenge assertions. We see this over and over againg.
One thing is for sure. The media we now have... sucks. Outside of Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now, some of the progressive talk radio hosts... there is a vast media wasteland. It must end. We need to tell the media-- ENOUGH on the bridge already. Enough of single item news coverage!! Lamestream media heal thy self!!
I hope lamestream media prove I'm wrong about the bloated body images. We'll know soon enough.