They’re in Vermont. No, they’ve made it across the border to Canada. No, wait; their scent’s been picked up by the dogs—they’re hiding out in the back of a sandwich shop, in nearby Cadyville. Apparently, escaped prisoners dig Subway.
What am I talking about? The prison escape, of course! Or should I say, “The Great Escape.”
We’re now entering Day 7, and the news media is sure that the “authorities” are narrowing in on the two escapees, Richard Matt and David Sweat. With hundreds (if not thousands) of law enforcement and even military personnel on the ground in upstate New York, it does seem highly improbable that these two prisoners have managed to remain on the lam as long as they have in a world rife with surveillance.
What’s possibly worse than law enforcement’s tracking skills however, are the media’s penchant for sensationalism and fear-fogging.
Last night, while waiting to watch some of CNN’s documentary on the 1970s, I happened to catch some of Erin Burnett’s program. How did this dolt warrant a news program, on a network that some people still consider a legitimate news source? I mean, I know CNN, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News (pick anyone, really) are jokes and that journalism is nowhere to be found. But Erin Burnett? Good grief!
The focus of her Thursday Outfront program was squarely on Joyce Mitchell, the prison employee who supposedly had a “relationship” with one of the two escapees. That’s all Burnett and her guests could talk about, including the perfunctory “expert.” In this case, it was some woman named Casey Jordan.
Like many of these types, Jordan—a criminologist—has made a career showing up on pseudo-news programs like Burnett’s and offering little or nothing beyond sensationalism, and her own opinions about the matter at hand. How do I sign up for one of these gigs?
Oh, and the other two guests of Burnett’s? Two ex-prisoners, one of whom actually managed to become a prison guard! I guess if they’re signing ex-cons up to become guards in prisons, it’s no wonder that we’re now in the throes of escape mania.
And of course, everything about this story has to be framed in Hollywood references—in this case, the movie, The Shawshank Redemption. Is it possible to talk about anything in America without bringing it back to Hollywood or TeeVee? You know my answer to that rhetorical question.
Well, at least one more day of news coverage, lousy analysis, and more reports of the dogs being onto a new scent, I’m sure.
By the way—inquiring minds want to know; are they in Vermont, or are they hiding out in Cadyville? They can’t be in two places, can they? Meanwhile, Cadyville, remains in lockdown mode.