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Isn't It Enough…

… that CNN Is going wall to wall with Michael Jackson coverage… which I almost understand. I mean, we’ve been here before with the world-changing Anna Nicole Smith saga… so at least this guy actually added something other than tits to the culture.
But do they need to keep claiming that every word that falls out of anyone’s mouth is “BREAKING NEWS?”
I’m pretty sure that live footage of American troops invading Iraq is Breaking News. I’m pretty sure that a newly announced Supreme Court ruling is Breaking News. I’m pretty sure that there may be some breaking news in a presidential press conference, though not always. But people – mostly ghouls and leeches – speculating about a dead superstar without any new news breaking for many hours… not.

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11 Responses to “Isn't It Enough…”

  1. Blackcloud says:

    Surely it was the first time the BET Awards were ever “breaking news.”

  2. christian says:

    How about American troops leaving Iraq to fireworks? That’s news.

  3. Crow T Robot says:

    Come now, Dave… to our silly media, Michael Jackson dying suddenly is akin to… oh I don’t know… MICHAEL JACKSON DYING SUDDENLY.
    Let the vultures, led by that Sollozzo looking motherfucker Harvey Levin, dine.
    Just for godsakes don’t think that you dining on them dining somehow puts you above it.

  4. Agreed, now that EVERYONE already knows Jacko is dead, the “breaking news” alert is just un-necessary and over the top. I understand the huge coverage on Jacko’s death, he was the King of Pop after all and I was sad when I heard the news. I never gave a shit about Anna Nicole Smith and I still don’t.
    Nobody really wants to read about the war in Iraq or that troops are withdrawing. as kids would say, “That’s so 2005.”

  5. Wrecktum says:

    Wait, what’s wrong with tits?

  6. doug r says:

    Breaking News:
    Michael Jackson Is Still Dead.

  7. jeffmcm says:

    Doesn’t CNN label every story that it runs, on a very regular basis, as “BREAKING NEWS!!!”? I mean, I know Fox News has been doing this for a long time, and it’s bad journalism for sure, but I figured CNN had begin to follow in those footsteps.

  8. Boonwell says:

    Don’t we all die “suddenly?” One second you’re alive and the next you’re dead. MJ died unexpectedly. Sorry, Crow — pet peeve.

  9. Martin S says:

    It is the FNC shtick. Sucked in ’02, sucks now.

  10. christian says:

    At least we know FOX is a right-wing news org.
    CNN just flops around like a dying fish.

  11. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Meanwhile there was a coup d’etat in Honduras where the junta learned a few lessons from Today’s Army … but you wouldn’t know about it if you get all your news from TV.

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