That maxim about what is newsworthy not being coterminous with what is important was demonstrated in spades by the impact the Chilean miners had on the remainder of the newshole. CBS, for example was the only network to allocate time for a package on the federal government's decision to end its moratorium on deepwater exploration for offshore oil, even though the commission investigating BP's Deepwater Horizon catastrophe has yet to make its recommendations. Mark Strassmann told us that 36 rigs can now tool up in the Gulf of Mexico. Before drilling will restart, they will have to adopt new standards for blowout preventers and cement in wells.
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