Morning, all. I want to do an experiment. From inside this post, I will blow your minds. I predict that the major news networks will be displaying wall-to-wall coverage of this year’s hurricane season. The names Irma and Harvey are flying across the screen faster than their real-life counterparts are tearing across the US’ southern coast. Was I right? It doesn’t matter. But it does illustrate the point I’m about to make. The Pacific Northwest is on fire. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this article from Nasa. There are wildfires raging across the Mountain West, and the major news networks aren’t reporting any of it. I didn’t even know this was happening until I found this article on Poynter.org. Side note/spoiler alert: Poynter isn’t a fringe conspiracy website or shady blog. It’s a website built by a school of journalism and it’s a great resource for the Arrowhead. I check this site almost as often as I check other mainstream sites, so expect to see a lot of their articles featured here. Anyway, back to the disaster gap (anybody get that reference? Never mind). Why would news networks cover one natural disaster, but not another, especially when the two are pretty comparable in severity? Disaster discrimination? Not exactly. Look up pictures of wildfire damage. It’s moving, sure, but compare that to footage of hurricane damage. Wildfires mostly burn down forests, occasionally communities. Hurricanes leave entire cities destroyed within a day of their arrival. Hurricane footage makes for more exciting and moving news. They’re so dynamic that you can get before/after footage in half a day, prep a story, and have it out by the 6 o’clock news. Wildfires are over when the fire gets put out, which can take considerably longer than a hurricane. Still, it is odd that such rampant wildfires aren’t making the news, especially with how bad they are right now. They’re not much in the face of a hurricane, but they are there. So keep your eyes peeled, guys. You might just find stuff you couldn’t find on your screens. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the news.