In the news business, just about everything can be turned into a controversy. It appears the wildfires in California provide just one example.
The big star of the last 24 hours has been this thing: A 747 tanker that drops fire retardant on the wildfires:
James Rainey, the media critic for the Los Angeles Times, suggests the cool tools are overshadowing the people on the ground:
This week’s coverage reminds me of the skewed perspective we get at the start of a Middle Eastern war. The airwaves brim with breathless video-fueled accounts of laser-guided bombs walloping a faceless enemy. We don’t see so much of soldiers slogging it out on the ground or the ugly aftermath of combat.
There’s money in the wildfire-fighting business. The company that owns the 747 charges $29,500 an hour.