Mar 9, 2023
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With new legislation being advanced in Congress that's ostensibly designed to address the regulatory failures that led to two Norfolk Southern train derailments in Ohio this year, it's important to understand the causes of that accident and what would authentically help. Glenn Kessler's Washington Post fact check along with some other mainstream coverage suggest that a narrative is emerging that limits the cause of the accident to just one issue -- overheating wheel bearings. Is there a risk that defining the cause narrowly will curb legislation that addresses more systemic problems, like meager staffing lax regulations for hazardous materials? David Sirota and The Lever have done the most comprehensive reporting to date re who is responsible for the crash. Together, we walk though Kessler's fact check, fact check it in return, and discuss the mainstream media disinformation campaign to punt blame.
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Produced by Armand Aviram.
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