Media and Political Inequality: Contrasting Response to Water Crisis in East Palestine and Flint

The Flint water crisis was a public health disaster that began in 2014 and has been a focal point of intense political scrutiny, often labeled as political theater by Republicans due to its politicization and exploitation for partisan gain for Democrats.

Critics attribute the Flint water crisis to government incompetence and neglect, spanning from local city officials to state authorities. Blame shifts between political parties, with Democrats condemning Republican-led state governments and vice versa, overshadowing efforts to address the crisis’s root causes.

However, there is hardly ever any urgent or concerning political activism focused on the human suffering in East Palestine, OH, from the massive train derailment that occurred on February 3, 2023, when 38 cars of a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed and dumped toxic waste in the waterways.

Where was the Biden administration to care about what happened there? Where are the marches, protests, and films about the people’s suffering?

Why was the news media coverage so different for the Flint Water Crisis than it is for East Palestine Ohio Water Crisis? In both cases, the government caused damage and left the people to suffer.

There is very little solidarity with East Palestine. Could it be because the town is largely Conserative-Republican? Would Democrats be that inhumane to people over politics?

In Flint, POTUS Obama at the time, made news by drinking the water in solidarity with the people for political theater:

In East Palestine, very few media report the details of how the people have suffered there, save Real America’s Voice, Steve Bannon on the War Room, and correspondent Ben Bergquam.

Bergquam appeared in the small Ohio town on Friday and talked to Bannon about what he heard from the people:

In fact, the media continues to ignore the East Palestine Water Crisis to continue to highlight the Flint Water Crisis, which is weird because the Flint crisis is over nine years old, and East Palestine is one year old.

Check this out:

The cold shoulder from the government for East Palestine and from the media is obviously because of who controls and dominates American media- and it is NOT the people who are in East Palestine.

Look who is there:

There is scant media footage of East Palestine.

However, media coverage of the crisis in Flint has been extensive, framing it as emblematic of government dysfunction and environmental injustice. Some argue that media narratives were sensationalized or politicized, prioritizing blame and scandal over solutions. Additionally, with the Flint crisis spurred activism and advocacy, with grassroots groups demanding accountability and long-term solutions. However, political agendas sometimes overshadowed these efforts, causing tensions within the movement.

Despite the crisis leading to criminal charges against government officials and calls for infrastructure investment and stricter regulations, political theater continues to shape public perception and policy responses.

Films and documentaries like “Flint,” “Poisoned Water,” and “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” have highlighted the human stories behind the crisis and its ongoing impact on the community.

There are a few news reports about East Palestine from a year ago:

The Flint crisis underscores issues of a favorite Democrat theme of “environmental injustice”, government negligence, and the need to prioritize public health and safety, especially in marginalized communities.

But they see no such injustice in East Palestine, which is telling.

It really feels like the Flint water crisis is a cautionary tale of how political theater can hinder truth-seeking and accountability in the face of environmental disasters- and how the media will care more about your situation if you are considered in the same political party as they are in.

While ignoring what has happened in East Palestine, the politicization underscores the challenges of addressing systemic issues and ensuring justice for all affected communities.

And the way the corporate media ignores the East Palestine Water crisis should tell Americans everything they need to know about the purpose of the institutions that are no longer even trying to serve the people and are only playing politics.

That is how the people feel, who are in the area- according to this report:

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