Connecting the #EastPalestineIncident with the move by Democrats to end the railroad workers strike would require reporters, many of whom won't even stop by East Palestine, to do some actual reporting.
What many media outlets will do is use other people's photos on social media, then not pay them for doing so.

Actually sending a reporter to a community and then to Capitol Hill to confront strike-busting Democratic leaders? Nope.
The reporters would then have to go to the EPA and ask directly why it is saying that residents of East Palestine can return home when everyone knows that this isn't true.

Also means asking President Biden some tough questions.
It would also mean looking at health reports on railroad workers exposed to these hazardous materials on the regular - and talking to rail unions whose actions were busted by Democrats. The unions will have this data.
That's costly work - and media outlets, now controlled by skinflint billionaires and even more-cheapskate private equity firms won't put that money down.

Washington Post, owned by one of the world's wealthiest men, cut its reporting staff while adding more 1099 opinion writers.
While media outlets refuse to do the very work that justifies the existence of the First Amendment, ordinary people, regardless of race, ethnicity or marginalization status, lose out.

They die from cancers. Their homes are destroyed. Their parks and green spaces are decimated.
The railroad workers, incapable of fighting for better conditions without Democrats and Republicans willing to bust their strikes, see wages decline as they are also sickened by hazardous waste.

Others who clean up the sites get sick and die, too.
The Washington Post likes to declare that democracy dies in darkness. Guess what? So do workers' rights, the rights of people to safety and clean water, and neighborhoods unable to go up against institutions.

And people die. In the darkness.

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Representation without power is empty.
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