For example, we're all hearing about this story:
Neighbor: 'I'm no hero'
Ramsey heard yells, took action
Charles Ramsey told CNN how he rescued women police said were held captive for years. FULL STORY
This is an unusual story to be sure? How unusual?
Yesterday on NPR I heard a spokesperson for a major organization that deals with missing people. He said that, in 2012, 631,000 or so people were reported missing just that year. But about 629,000 of those reports were immediately cancelled, presumably because the people were located.
So that leaves about 2,000 missing people a year, many of whom just run away. Of those who are kidnapped, it is about 100-200 that are taken by strangers.
So this is something that almost never happens. That is not to say it is unimportant or that it should be ignored. But why is it front page news every single time it happens?
Perhaps because it is so unsual. Meanwhile, the usual, the ordinary, is what kills us, injures us, and takes our proerty. And yet, most of that is not news.
Stuff like this, which is being covered by independent news organizations:
By Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Show | News Report
By Dave Johnson, Truthout | News Analysis
By Brendan Fischer and Nick Surgey, PR Watch | Report
By Isaiah J Poole, Campaign for America's Future | Op-Ed