Re: " wonder why people latch on to the very rare failures of SpaceX"
Atlas series of missiles has a very very long history behind it, most of it paid for by the US taxpayer, and even then, some never made it to orbit for various reasons, and who can forget the very first Ariane 5 launch... where to save money they used the Ariane 4 flight software.
Which was fine until it decided it couldnt handle the flight and decided to do a 180 turn at mach 1.5
SpaceX have done a good job so far, let down in one accident by a faulty component, and by pushing the envelope on rocket fueling in the other one.
All done on a budget a lot lot lot lot smaller than Ariane or Atlas had.
Oh and they've been the first to recover a used first stage on land.. and on a barge 100 miles out at sea