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Who Is to Blame?


It seemed like the good news had finally come, word that all 12 rescue workers were found alive.

"They just come of the mines and they said we've got twelve and their alive that's good news," a miner's friend said.

But soon after reality set in. Only one survived.

"Sad for the families of course, curious to how a mistake like that could have been made," Bryan resident Calvin Jackson said.

But how did it happen, and who is to blame?

A&M journalism professor Douglas Starr says the media made a mistake.

"The media messed up," Starr said. "Somebody made an error, there may be a reason, but there is never an excuse. The burden is on the reporter to get it right."

Starr a former Associate Press writer says the media jumped the gun. In a society that wants information now, Starr says the media let speed get in the way of accuracy and objectivity.

Some Brazos Valley residents think no one is to blame.

"I can't blame anybody because it’s bad enough the way it happened," Bryan Resident Jack Lavern said. "There's usually so much confusion going on that anyone can come up with anything."

As for those there among the saddened, they say the information spread because of hope.

"There was so much desperation for good information and they wanted to share it," Ben Hatfield with the International Coal Group said. "I don't think anyone had a clue about the damage that was about to be created."

But for who is really to blame, that will come. Congress is planning hearings into the accident to get answers.


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