Calumet Lead Crisis Update – 22 Aug

NWI Times released part two of it’s 30-minute podcast about the Calumet Lead Crisis this morning. Major issues are addressed midway through. Referencing lessons learned by the media in the coverage of events in Ferguson and Umizz, this issue of Byline discusses how the media covers and characterizes the news.

Vocalo’s Morning AMp hosted NW Indiana-based NPR reporter Michael Puente, who twice speaks to critical local geography going overlooked by most reports. Much of the media and political coverage thus far as focused on the West Calumet Complex in zone one, ignoring the thousands of residents and homeowners in zones 2 and 3 of the Calumet neighborhood. Host Jessie asks a good question: Where is the long term solution?

The lead crisis continues to attract national and now international attention. The NY Times ran an Associated Press piece by Jason Keyser. RT filed a story too. Both draw heavily from the previous MSNBC report.

The issue also made its way onto The Big Picture with Thom Hartman this afternoon:

This evening reps from National Nurses United will meet with affected residents at Greater First Baptist Church.


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