If There’s No Breaking News—We’ll Break Something!

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Squeezed in somewhere among the celebrity gossip and pinup pictures, occasionally the Internet carries items that journalists once referred to as News.

News includes such boring items as wars, disasters, election results, and rarely mention the reaction from starlets, transgender humans or trans-species….whatever. In the days of journalism, the reporter listed the facts:

  1. This is what happened (not my impression of what happened).
  2. Where and when it happened.
  3. Why is this significant? (Not guaranteed to be 100% factual, but true journalists tried to be as objective as possible).

“News” today is often predictive—this COULD happen, or the media focuses on something that probably will happen, but it could be tomorrow, or it could be in 30 billion years (give or take).

[Note: I like the fact that what was once the press is now the media. It’s like admitting they only rank a grade of “C” for their work.]

Today CNN ran a story on the super-volcano that someday could, maybe erupt (or it could keep releasing pressure through Old Faithful and the other geysers like that weight on the top of a pressure cooker).

But the best thing is—they’re now adding music to news stories, and a pretty zippy bongo number (doubtlessly electronically generated) at that. Try http://www.cnn.com/videos/weather/2015/04/24/supervolcano-yellowstone-magma-reservoir-orig.cnn?iid=ob_article_footer_expansion&iref=obnetwork

What’s next for the news mesia—laugh tracks?

2 responses to “If There’s No Breaking News—We’ll Break Something!

  1. Rick Martinez

    Steve, it seems YOU and General Robert E. Lee have written about something in common: Journalists. You today in 2015, and Lee back in 1863. The heading of his column was Editors as Generals.

    “It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers. By reading newspapers I discovered these editor /geniuses plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late.

    Accordingly, I am readily willing to yield my command to these obviously superior intellects, and I will, in turn, do my best for the Cause by writing editorials-after the fact.” –Robert E. Lee, 1863

    • Rick, I’ve always loved that quote.
      It’s kind of like, “Those who can, do; those who can’t teach; and those who haven’t a clue are commentators for the media.”

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