best media exaggerations of landslide

By Jim Stanford on April 21, 2014


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Despite daily press releases and even a live web cam for citizens to monitor the Walgreens landslide, the national media still managed to distort the situation into an earth-munching catastrophe.

Once photos of the Budge house split in two began being published, headline writers shifted into high gear. Comic banners that could have been lifted from a Daily Show sketch sounded the alarm that Jackson was in danger of being swallowed up by the slide.

Relax, Aunt Alice from Minnesota. We’re not all falling into a sinkhole.

These are some of the widely circulated misfires. Alas, the bungling wasn’t limited to the national press:


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6 Comments so far

  1. Scott April 21, 2014 8:23 pm

    Are we really considering news? There post today (4/21) about the slide regurgitated info from local news 8 and JH News and Guide. Oh where have you gone Tom Ninnemann?

  2. JR April 22, 2014 7:15 am

    Sex sells, and so does sensationalism. On the flip side, it does help to bring attention to those affected and possibly help the Town acquire emergency funds on a larger scale.

  3. Reg Dunlop April 22, 2014 9:48 am

    The only real casualty here is that I can’t watch the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Winder. Damn you Walgreens!

  4. bzig April 22, 2014 4:26 pm

    We’re caught in a landslide, no escape from reality …

  5. Oz April 24, 2014 7:22 am

    Is the Walgreens building at the point of no return or does the structure still have viable future should the hill be stabilized or the slope removed? Same question about Sidewinders.

    What is the Town’s goal with the hill in the long term? Will they allow new housing in the future above Walgreens and Sidewinders? Below the slide area?

    At what point will it decide to stop spending money and simply take the hill down or let it slide?

    How much money is the Town willing to spend to prop up the hillside in the short term and long term?

  6. Sohltrain April 24, 2014 9:47 pm

    Someone called me today asking if their 2nd home in Wilson had been destroyed by the recent ‘mud slides’.

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