Miners Story (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

This one has everyone's attention.


Some of us are glued to the TV.   Most of us are at least aware of what's happening in Chile.  All of us have to be pretty pleased with the way this is ending. Everyone OK so far...as I write this only about six more are still waiting to be rescued.

This is reality TV that's actually real.  It's a drama better than anything that's shot on a Hollywood lot.  It's more compelling than the made-for-TV movie that will probably soon be well,  made for TV. 

It's been the lead story on 11 News since 5:30 Tuesday when the rescue itself was about to start.  By 10pm, one miner was up, another was minutes away from a tearful reunion with his wife.  As we streamed it live on kktv.com and posted the updates on facebook the comments came pouring in.  Everyone saw miner number one and saw his 7-year-old son cry at the sight of his dad.  We got about 40 "likes" in about three minutes. I've never seen that happen that fast on our facebook page.

Rose commented,"Cool video to watch..Very dramatic and the little boy was too sweet. I cried watching him."

 From Edie, "I watched the rescue of the first miner with my 3 yr old grand daughter. It was amazing to watch her get into it like she did.. The whole process was so moving. I bawled my eyes out when the first one came up.. Just watching his little boy was something.."

Lisa Said, "So awesome watching it on live feed."


Not everyone gave us a "like". One woman, I'll call her "Lisa", commented that we were focusing our attention on some other country's problem.  She said that if she wanted foreign news she'd watch another channel.  "It must be a slow news day," she told us, since we had nothing better to talk about. 

There was nothing better to talk about, not that night.  It happened in a foreign country but it wasn't foreign news.  This was a story for all of us.  Sometimes it leads even if it doesn't bleed.  This story was just as newsworthy as a lot of the awful things that can lead a newscast, and this one had the added bonus of helping a lot of people feel good for a lot of other people. It's not necessarily our role as a news organization to set out to do that..but sometimes it happens.  We like it when it does.

Caroline sums it up like this.  "This is a once in a lifetime event and I'm glad I got to watch this" 

Me too Caroline. 

We're all glad we got to watch it.  Except maybe "Lisa".  Maybe she'll watch it anyway though, and be as pleased as the rest of us when miner number 33 is finally free.  Look for that as the lead on 11 News.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward




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