A Tale of Two Sewers
April 17, 2013
Time was, a few decades ago, when the news media held governments accountable, maintaining a civil but adversarial relationship and informing the public when something smelled bad.
Not anymore. Now the media cover for governments when they do things that would have private sector individuals fearing fines or imprisonment. Some examples:
Tuesday brought the State of the Tribes Address, wherein the chairman of the Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa tore into the Legislature—his audience—over mining legislation the Bad River Chippewa fear will pollute their water, reports the Associated Press.
The A-P tells us the chairman wore a paper teardrop to symbolize the Bad River’s water. We assume it was a paper crocodile tear, since the Bad River Chippewa’s wastewater treatment plant is one of Wisconsin’s worst habitual polluters.
Another story told of iron-mining foes opening an Ashland office under the name of the Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin, to supplement the Bad River Band’s opposition.
The Public Radio reporter either didn’t check or decided not to tell us, but the organization with the new Ashland office actually is headquartered in a leafy enclave of Madison’s uber-Liberal west side, at the home address of the Wisconsin political director of the Sierra Club, who’s evidently more worried about pollution the mining law forbids than about the pollution being committed by the Bad River Band.
Meanwhile in Milwaukee, the rains came and the Metropolitan Sewage District, the only Wisconsin water polluter to rival Chippewa tribal government, started dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into Lake Michigan. What did the media say?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel helpfully announced the MMSD was “disinfecting” the sewage with chlorine before pumping it into the lake as part of its “emergency measures to prevent overflows.” Yes, “prevent.”
Just wondering…Is chlorinating the lake in addition to assaulting it with sewage a good thing?