ANATOMY OF “MANUFACTURED NEWS”
The Daily Paper had a great story on page one Wednesday detailing all the evils of weather inversion and related health risks. They had charts, graphs, and quotes from officials who predict more bad air alerts.
Below the inversion story was a teaser for a made up story from Farmers Insurance ranking the “most secure” places to live and to no one’s surprise the Boise-Nampa area topped the list!
We found the insurance story on-line, but not in the paper as promised. Even so, there was no mention of the constant drive by shootings and killings in the Nampa-Caldwell area. The problems with downtown drinkers was ignored. No mention of the daily traffic jam on I-84 and deadly crashes on that highway. And of course no reference to the the meth crises and cost of new jail facilities.
A weather service guy told the Statesman, “Besides a yearly inversion, spring floods and fire season, the Boise-Nampa area is safe from extremes.”
So why is the GUARDIAN exercised and how is a secure feeling linked inversions? Read on!
We did a little Google News search to see who else bit on the Farmers made up promo. First up was the CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES from Stockton, California which proudly proclaimed three cities in the Central Valley to be among the “most secure.” With more than 100 areas on the insurance company’s made up list, chances are pretty good FARMERS will be mentioned in at least 50 of them–along with Boise.
Then comes the kicker. The California paper’s story had this line, “The Boise City-Nampa, Idaho, area topped all large metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or greater. Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the area is shielded from severe weather and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Farmers study.”
No wonder so many people are moving here we can’t breath! Thanks to gullible mainstream media that is proud to report a “survey,” we can plan to suck even more dirty air into our lungs.
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