How Atlantic City went from a bustling tourist hub to a ghost townOpened up a web page this morning to find a Business Insider story by Sarah Jacobs. Now, I don’t know if Ms. Jacobs is woefully uninformed, writing as if she was submitting a junior high research paper or is one of these neo-neo-con millenials so desperate to leave their Starbucks job that they will prostitute themselves to climate change denialists that they will write and edit whatever they are told. We just don’t know, but when it comes to journalism incomplete or redacted facts become a lie. I am sarcastic as hell and unapologetically Leftist, but I have never avoided facts in any story.
“How Atlantic City went from a bustling tourist hub to a ghost town,” highlights the not-so-slow wasting disappearance of an American icon. In the 4 paragraph story Jacobs seems to have cut and pasted a single Newsweek article about the demise of this once great tourist destination. While Trump accounts for a third of the article, Jacobs apparently never got through the entire piece which recounts the crippling affect the closing and taxpayer supported bankruptcy of Trump’s Taj Mahal casino had on the city. Nor did she mention two additional Trump bankruptcies in 2004 and 2009 that staggered Atlantic city like an ailing prize fighter.
2012’s hurricane Sandy devastated the boardwalk and residents and workers fought a pitched battle to rebuild and restore it, but by then casinos and gambling in the rest of the country were also draining tourists and dollars. Add to that bitter fights between local unions with the union busing, predatory-capitalist and current owner of Trump Entertainment, Carl Icahn Trump, incidentally has pledged to make friend Icahn his treasury secretary.
The point of this piece is to underscore the stilted, cartoonish or incomplete nature of the information Americans receive. There is nothing in the Business Insider piece that does anything more than entice people to remark “Oh, that sucks,” before forgetting the piece altogether. But then understanding and incite are rare aspects of the media these days.