Friday, June 24, 2011

Senator McCain places blame for wild fires on migrants

Senator McCain recently told the media that he believes the wildfires along the Arizona-Mexico border were started by migrants crossing the border (You can read more about it here). When asked why he believed what he did, he said he couldn’t back it up with facts. Still, he insisted that it was the crossing migrants. So what do we have here? To me it sounds like nothing more than a hunch.

This story exemplifies a few things that are interesting about the current state of our society. First and foremost it serves to show the priorities of our the media machine in this country. In very few countries would the unfounded opinion of a politician make headline news. Here McCain decided to throw some blame on the migrants crossing the desert, and the news, knowing that the American public loves sensationalistic stories, spread it everywhere.

So who’s to blame? McCain for stating an opinion or the media for taking something unfounded and sensationalizing it? To be honest, I think there’s enough blame to go around. McCain for being either naïve or misleading and the media for having very lose reporting standards.

What do you think?


Written by Jacob Hanger


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