For two-and-a-half hours overnight there was no fingerpointing except toward the sky, in thanks to God for saving the coal miners.
Flipping through the cables you could watch Geraldo interviewing a survivor's relative and giving the bearded man a hug at the end of their chat. Anderson Cooper on CNN stuttered as his eyes got shiny. People screamed with joy. Then their joy fled and the screams were all that remained.
A dozen survivors became a dozen fatalities.
People will naturally blame the media for reporting a miracle that turned out to be a mirage. It's always the media's fault. Never mind that they were only reporting the moment -- a peal of church bells, a sea of smiling faces. If reporters had ignored the celebration they would have been accused of being atheists who don't believe in miracles.
Doomed and damned, either way.