by William Skink
For the past week corporate media has been utterly consumed with the conclusion of the Mueller investigation. One could assume this news story is the most consequential thing happenning in the country right now.
But it’s not.
The midwest, especially Nebraska, is in the midst of a historically unprcedented flooding event that has already significantly impacted beef and agricultural producers across the midwest. In Nebraska alone it’s being estimated that a million calves have been lost to flood waters. Is corporate media even trying to contextualize this cataclysmic disaster? It doesn’t seem so to me. From the link:
According to Agriculture Secretary Sunny Purdue, there “may be as many as a million calves lost in Nebraska” due to the catastrophic flooding that has hit the state.
This is not a rumor, this is not an exaggeration, and this is not based on any sort of speculation. This number comes to us directly from the top agriculture official in the entire country, and it means that the economic toll from the recent floods is far greater than most of us had anticipated. You can watch Purdue make this quote on Fox Business right here, and it is important to remember that this number is just for one state. It is hard to imagine what the final numbers will look like when the livestock losses for all of the states affected by the flooding are tallied up. This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and the National Weather Service is telling us that there will be more catastrophic flooding throughout the middle portion of the nation for the next two months.
The significance of what’s happening in flyover country can’t be overstated, yet for the past week it’s been virtually nothing but Mueller, Trump and the Russiagate scam getting all the attention. This is indicative of corporate media’s focus not just for the last week, but for the last few years.
Maybe those in New York and Wasington DC will start paying attention to this when their filet mignon costs $100 dollars a plate. Until then it doesn’t appear the lives of agricultural producers means as much as the loss of the Russiagate cudgel corporate media has used to beat the notion of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign into our heads since before Trump’s inauguration.
If only corporate media assets like Rachel Maddow understood ignoring the struggles of non-coastal Americans is one significant reason why Trump was elected in the first place, maybe they could adjust their focus a bit, but I seriously doubt that will happen. The ratings and the book deals were just too lucrative to pass up.
Other worlds actually do exist outside of the Beltway. And the people who live there actually do important things for this country, like, you know, produce food for us to eat.
Maybe, just maybe, if the generously compensated media personalities who get paid to peddle bullshit saw these people as their fellow Americans, and not just dumb hicks who voted for Trump, we wouldn’t be where we are today.