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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

THIS is news .... THIS is not.

Check out the front page of CNN. THIS is news.

Katherine Russell learned through news reports that the father of her 2-year-old daughter was suspected in the Boston attack, her lawyer said.
THIS is CNN's top story. An entire volume of information about a single bombing, a horrible event that killed three people.
But THIS is not anywhere to be found on CNN:
"What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill"
"The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was even worse than BP wanted us to know."
This article is about the crimes of BP, which even after killing eleven people once, and fifteen people just a few years ago, is NOT news on CNN. 
And experts believe they will do it again!
Even so, it is NOT news on CNN.
BP is, in the opinion of this humble criminologist, a serial mass murderer. That is, they kill people over a long period of time like a serial killer. And they kill lots of people at once like a mass murderer. Thus they are a serial mass murderer.
Yet, that is not enough to make the news. Not when there is a young bomber who killed three people.
So, stay afraid. Just make sure you are afraid of the things least likely to kill you and not afraid of the things that are most likely to kill you.

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