Sunday, June 23, 2024

Is Ohio’s Train Derailment a Modern-Day Chernobyl?

'This administration is sweeping it under the rug... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Legacy fake news media, whether out of apathy, cost-cutting or collusion, has roundly ignored what has been described as potentially America’s Chernobyl, as its coverage of the massive toxic train derailment and explosion in Ohio earlier this month has received near blackout coverage.

The mainstream media’s noticeable non-response mirrors what critics have derided as the Biden administration’s failure to address the situation with the level of attention and resources it deserves.

“Secretary Buttigieg seems awful late to this situation. He’s not addressing this issue,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., told Newsmax, speaking about Biden’s transportation chief.

Instead, he’s been busy grousing about alleged racial disparities in the transportation industry, Biggs said, a sentiment that was shared by Ohio Republican Sen. JD Vance.

“They are focused more on whether we have too many white men in construction jobs than he is on the fundamentals of his job, which is ensuring we have a viable transportation infrastructure in this country,” Vance told Fox News.

“The problem we have is that we are ruled by unserious people who are worried about fake problems instead of the real fact that our country is falling apart in some of the most important ways.”

Officials are still searching for an immediate cause of the derailment and busily trying to deflect blame for the ensuing so-called controlled release-and-burn of five rail cars that erupted into an explosion and released a mushroom cloud of toxins into the air.

Biggs accused the Biden administration of being AWOL from the scene.

“We need him on the ground,” he said of Buttigieg’s failure to visit East Palestine, the Ohio town where the disaster occurred.

“We need him there, talking about what they’re going to do to remediate this situation and investigate what happened so we can prevent this from happening again.”

“This administration is sweeping it under the rug,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., told Headline USA. “Obviously, it affects people in my state. They want to know what’s going on.”

The mainstream media’s near blackout coverage of the disaster ran in tandem with the administration’s weak response, according to NewsBusters, which reported that “the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have completely moved on from the story.”

Despite ongoing impacts creating a blooming environmental and social disaster, with “widespread reports of chickens and fish dying, new chemicals discovered, pets falling ill, and residents complaining of health complications,” NewsBusters reported that legacy media has virtually ignored the story since government agents gave local residents permission to return to their homes.

ABC, CBS and NBC have spent less than 30 combined minutes since Feb. 8 covering the Norfolk Southern train derailment.

“This happened almost 2 weeks ago,” tweeted a concerned citizen. “2 weeks of this affecting citizens and yet its just now getting news coverage from either the left or the right… why is that? Why has this disaster taken so long to get attention? Should it have been a balloon to get noticed?”

Buttigieg, meanwhile, has offered little but tepid tweets trying to prove he still cares about the largely red state and its residents, assuring folks that his team is deep into its investigation of the disaster.

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