News Outlets Lazily Run Yet Another Eruption Anniversary Story
May 18, 2008—In a stunning display of journalistic sloth, 95% of news outlets across Western Washington headlined yesterday's edition with yet another Mt. St. Helens eruption anniversary story. Although nearly every possible angle on the 1980 event has been covered, re-covered, and then covered a few dozen more times for good measure, hundreds of news writers ignored the newsworthy events of the day and instead shamelessly spewed forth their own versions of the all-too-familiar tale. Common rehashes of the anniversary story included so-called dramatic retellings of the events surrounding the eruption, interviews with witnesses and survivors, and collections of poetry and song written to the mountain.