Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

What gets reported?

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This morning you’re waking up to breaking news about a horrible movie shooting in Louisiana; a gunman killed two people and injured nine more before killing himself. The details, minute by minute, are being discussed with great urgency. It is pointed out that this is the third mass shooting in the past month — the Charleston church, the military shootings and the theater shootings last night.

It’s all horrible and demands our attention.

What you won’t see discussed on the morning news is that around midnight last night in Indiana traffic was slowed in a construction zone. A semi didn’t slow, hit a car from behind, then another semi. Five are dead, including a child. You won’t see an urgent discussion about the spike in truck crashes that has occurred in the past year or that these crashes have gone up in each of the last four years.

I don’t understand why one story is newsworthy and the other is not.

This is one of the problems we face while fighting for safer roads; the fact that no one is noticing the deaths of individuals, usually one by one, across the country. Five people died in Indiana this morning. They died horrific, violent deaths. Why doesn’t that make anyone in the news pay attention?

Death caused by a truck is just as random as death caused by a deranged shooter. Maybe more. Death by truck doesn’t pick out a certain race or ethnicity. It doesn’t care about gender or sexual preference. It doesn’t even care about your politics.

Death by truck can happen to anyone, anytime.

They say the President was notified of the theater shootings as he traveled overnight to Africa. You can bet no one is calling him about the 5 people that died a few hours later on an Indiana road.

I’m not taking away anything from the mass shootings, certainly this is an issue that requires our attention. But violent death is violent death, no matter what its cause. A mass shooting in a theater is no more important than a mass death by truck. It deserves the same media coverage, the same attention, the same concern.

The Senate is debating a bill today that will increase the length of double trailers on trucks. If you are not in favor of longer, heavier trucks traveling the roads, perhaps following your family’s car, call your Senator right now, and tell them you oppose all anti truck safety measures in the DRIVE bill.

They’ll know what you’re talking about, even though many of them just don’t want to hear it.

11:48 July 24: Please call your Senators and ask them to support two amendments to the DRIVE Act: The Feinstein-Wicker Amendment which will require a safety study to be done by the DOT prior to making 33 feet trailers (up from 28 feet) allowed on all state roads, and the Markey amendment which would take out the pilot program allowing 18-20 year olds drive cross country in semi trucks. Each state has two senators. You can find your Senator’s phone # here

Thank you very much for your support. It means the world to me.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

8 thoughts on “What gets reported?

  1. All of this is Just to upsetting. Although they arent reporting much about the shooting. Which is also sad. Are those people any less important then the other mass shooting?

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    • Please call your senators and ask them to vote YES for the Feinstein-Wicker amendment (this will get the DOT to at least study the safety impact of 33 ft trailers before making all states accept them) and the Markey amendment (which will take out the pilot program allowing 18-20 year olds drive trucks across country. Even if you have to leave a message that’s ok> Just ask them to vote yes on these two amendments to the DRIVE Act.

      Thank you.

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  2. I have not watched the news this morning, but have contacted my senators via email. I will call in a little while. This is a powerful post, Dawn. I wish everyone who uses our roads could read it.

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    • We have more specifics now. Ask your Senators (call them back if you’ve already called please) to vote YES for the Feinstein-Wicker amendment and the Markey amendment. See above comment for details. These are amendments to the DRIVE Act that is being debated on the floor of the Senate today. Thank you very much.

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  3. I was listening to a local NPR program this morning about mass killings. They’ve been studying them since 2006, and most mass killings (where five or more people are murdered) are done within families, with 30% of the victims being children. However, these are rarely reported on national news. They were asking questions about why this is the case.

    Very similar to your post today.

    I guess that’s a question we need to keep asking ourselves and our news stations. What makes one story more “newsworthy” than another?

    Same goes with political candidates. Our news channels are basically telling us who the viable candidates are based on how much airtime they get.

    I really don’t watch the mainstream news anymore. I find it too sensationalized, mixed with a lot of fluff. I do read the paper everyday and listen to NPR daily, but I’m sure I’m getting skewed news with that as well.

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    • Thanks for your support Sara. Please call your senators and ask them to vote YES for the Feinstein-Wicker amendment (this will get the DOT to at least study the safety impact of 33 ft trailers before making all states accept them) and the Markey amendment (which will take out the pilot program allowing 18-20 year olds drive trucks across country. Even if you have to leave a message that’s ok. Just ask them to vote yes on these two amendments to the DRIVE Act.

      Thank you.

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  4. that is exactly what I have been saying – this is from the government road statistic website – 37,000 people – and who mentions them???????

    Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
    An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
    Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
    Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
    Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year

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  5. Well said, Dawn — especially this statement, “violent death is violent death, no matter what its cause.” Shouldn’t ALL lives matter?? As a former journalist, it sickens me to see how some stories are promoted to the forefront, simply because it’s the “popular” thing to do (kind of like the disease of the month). I guess that’s why certain ailments get more funding than others, too.

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