A Florida sinkhole that claimed a man’s life on Feb. 28 drew ubiquitous media coverage. It was a story too horrifying too pass up. The floor of a man’s home opened to swallow him whole, leaving only grief and shock behind. Everybody from The New Yorker to CNN covered it.
When so many publications, channels, and websites offer coverage of the same issue, it provides an ideal moment to compare their styles and, as I found in this case, their accuracy. For instance, how old is the victim? Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question and I’m not sure many of these media outlets could either:
“At roughly 10 feet deep, the second sinkhole is smaller than the one that appeared underneath the bedroom of 36-year-old Jeff Bush, presumed dead, who lived just three miles away in Brandon, Fla.” –UPI
“One week after a sinkhole opened in Seffner killing Jeffrey Bush, 37, his brother Jeremy is expressing gratitude and frustration.” –WPST Channel 10 News
“Authorities made the heartbreaking decision to stop the search for Bush, 36, after his odds of survival became abundantly clear.” –CNN
“A Florida sinkhole swallowed Jeff Bush, 37, while he was in his room on Thursday.” –USA Today
“Jeremy Bush, with his his 2-year-old daughter, Hannah, and her mother, Rachel, spent a sixth day at the scene at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner, where his brohter, Jeffrey, 36, died in a catastrophic sinkhole Feb. 28.” –Brandon Patch