My wife and I have been on a number of cruises in the past ten years and all but one have been aboard a Carnival ship. We’ve cruised on one of their oldest and several of their newest and biggest. Every year millions of people take a cruise vacation and the majority of those have wonderful experiences. But, as in all of life’s avenues, now and then one hits a pot hole and shit happens.
That’s what just unfolded aboard the Carnival ship, Triumph, they hit a pot hole in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico and things got a little uncomfortable for a few days. But, as always, something good came out of it. While the news was focused on people having to defecate in plastic bags, eat onion sandwiches, go without air conditioning and wait in line to charge their cell phone, no body got killed in Syria, Afghanistan, Southern Sudan, or elsewhere in the world. Certainly if significant numbers of people were being killed elsewhere the cable channels would be reporting it.
But such wasn’t happening because all the talking heads were focused on stories about the agony of people going without ice for their gin and tonics and full-coverage of a trial involving a woman who killed her lover by stabbing and shooting him way too many times before finally slitting his throat.
It’s not going to be long before HLN, CNN, Fox, and MSNBC are going to make the supermarket tabloids look like proper examples of journalistic professionalism.
By the way, if you want a proper perspective on what happened on that cruise ship give some time to this Daily Beast article. Click HERE.