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Haiti fatigue, Apple hyperbole and the Fark Betting Line for this week. Plus some of Fark's favorite headlines from 1/17 - 1/23 
Posted by Drew at 2010-01-25 12:11:16 PM, edited 2010-01-25 12:17:30 PM (26 comments) | Permalink
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MSM is in a weird spot with Haiti coverage now. I have to give them credit, they did a great job covering this one, probably motivated somewhat by their terrible Iran coverage last year. The problem now, though, is that media consumers are pretty much burnt out on the stories, having had their fill of death and destruction. Not to mention that rebuilding isn't particularly interesting to read about. So keep an eye out for a spate of odd-thing stories now as MSM tries to stay interested, for example CNN's "There's an AP for that" (laugh track laughter) story about the man who survived because he had an app on his iPhone for taking care of wounds . According to Gawker this morning, now that the media saturation point has hit, CBS is getting the hell out right now due to lack of interest.

You can also expect a glut of free publicity for whatever the hell Apple is announcing Wednesday (probably the iPad) as "online interest" hits "fever pitch". Otherwise, some good headlines last week (good job, submitters), and this week's Fark Betting Line for your betting pleasure:


- Coverage on Haiti switches from "damn, they're boned" to "let's fly back and ask Haitians in the U.S. what they think about all of this" (4:1)

- Media runs out of Super Bowl matchup strategy discussions to talk about by Wednesday, will switch focus to "Aftermath of Katrina" stories about how great this is for the people of New Orleans (3:1)

- Apple unveils the latest, greatest, most awesomest thing that was ever conceived by mankind since the wheel, beer, sliced bread and bacon (2:1)

- Competing tech company says, "Hey, we pretty much invented that same thing in 2008..." before being captured and dismembered by Apple's crack Hyperbole Commando Team (12:1)

- Repeat from last week, but it's bound to happen: Shaky-cam live footage of a cliff residence sliding down into a pile of rubble after the rain-saturated footings give way (3:1)

- Favre retirement discussion begins. Bonus if they show pics of Favre's face in pain as the Saints defenders climb off his ribs (5:1)

- Entertainment media downshifts to Defcon 2 to cover every conceivable angle of the rumor of the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie breakup (3:2)

- Jolie tries to divert attention away from relationship questions by adopting the entire country of Haiti (59:1)

- After heated negotiations with the network, Jay Leno slides into slot previously occupied by Brad Pitt (27:1)

- Kobe Bryant and President Obama play a pickup game behind the White House after the Lakers meet with the President (6:1)

- Kobe dunks on Obama, in the first known incident of an NBA player posterizing a sitting President (15:1)


Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-01-17 to Sat 2010-01-23:

img1.fark.net  Husbands get more benefit from marriage than wives, such as a valuable, constant stream of constructive criticism    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  There were no rubber friction treads to keep her from slipping, explained the bus driver with a blank stair    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Group wants to build male Statue of Liberty. Erection to cost 150 million    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Comcast employee stabbed in neck, rushed to hospital, surgery scheduled for next Tuesday sometime between 8am and 5pm    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  A trend no one saw coming: Braille literacy on decline    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Liberian torture victims scarred for life, have yet to pay off late fees    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  A year with Japanese snow monkeys. You've never seen so many amazing pictures of macaque    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Canada's ambassador to Iran from 1977-1980, who saved US embassy personnel during the Iranian Revolution, was actually a spy for the CI eh    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Naked woman withdrawn from bank in Farmington after collecting crazy interest    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  28-year-old woman arrested for doing her job as a youth the rapist    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The office copier turns 50. The office copier turns 50. The office copier turns 50. The office copier turns 50. The office copier turns 50. The office copier turns 50. The office copier turns 50. The office copier tur *CALL KEY OPERATOR*  


Sports:

img1.fark.net  "Asked how he feels about the contact he'll have with open wheel media star Danica Patrick, (Kyle) Busch says: "Right now it will only be when I lap her." That's a slip of the tongue    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Gaines Adams died from a thickening of his left ventricle, explains doctor half-heartedly    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Coffey and Brewers agree on fair trade    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Researchers say bacteria have complex decision-making abilities. Right. They say that about Congress, too    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  In the mid 80's, scientists transmitted the sounds of vaginal contractions towards neighbouring star systems. It is unclear what sort of reply we should expect, but it's sure to come hard and fast    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Computers cannot replace scientific thinking, says obsolete bag of meat    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Fox readying U.S. version of "Torchwood": Meh. Written by Russell Davies: Well that's cool. Starring John Barrowman: My pants are completely off    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Heidi Montag says she is "not addicted" to plastic surgery, much in the same way that Amy Winehouse is merely a "crack aficionado"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Kristen Bell injured while filming When in Rome. Italy is sorry it couldn't find the right words to say    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  NY governor David Paterson caught kissing woman that's not his wife. Paterson denies he's been seeing the woman    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  With Brown's victory, odds of health care reform have been downgraded to somewhere between "Cubs win World Series" and "Submitter gets a girlfriend"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Pulitzer Board denies National Enquirer prize for Edwards scoop, already awarded Pulitzer to Obama for presidential memoir he hasn't written yet    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  Kelly Rowland claims that Destiny's Child could reunite. The person she was speaking with smiled politely, thanked her, and took his Big Mac and coffee into the dining area    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Soul Asylum is selling all their gear on Craigslist. It's expected to sell quickly to people who want to prevent Soul Asylum from ever using it again    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Radiohead to play for Haiti, which is great because after what happened, those people could really use a nice, long nap    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  DVR-proof commercial will prevent fast-forwarding, according to its creator, Hitler, Stalin and Dahmer Advertising Inc    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  With the hedge fund center hit by 5.8 quake, no one certain if banks will go into de fault    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Hulu considers $5 monthly fee for older episodes. Who would pay $5 a month for content that they can get for free?    img.fark.net
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2010-01-25 12:19:05 PM
- Media runs out of Super Bowl matchup strategy discussions to talk about by Wednesday, will switch focus to "Aftermath of Katrina" stories about how great this is for the people of New Orleans (3:1)

I'm pretty sure this is going to happen any moment. It would be a shame if it didn't.

/2
 
2010-01-25 12:24:46 PM
Favre retirement discussion begins. Bonus if they show pics of Favre's face in pain as the Saints defenders climb off his ribs (5:1)

Already underway I think.
 
2010-01-25 12:36:41 PM
GAT_00: Favre retirement discussion begins. Bonus if they show pics of Favre's face in pain as the Saints defenders climb off his ribs (5:1)

Already underway I think.


From ESPN: Brett Favre retirement watch begins today. (new window)
 
2010-01-25 12:39:49 PM
- Kobe dunks on Obama, in the first known incident of an NBA player posterizing a sitting President (15:1)

Nice, Drew. I lol'd.
 
2010-01-25 12:44:02 PM
Oops. That link went to the LA Times. Oh well. Same difference. The sports networks are already speculating. Favre needs to just give up and let it go.
 
2010-01-25 12:47:45 PM
With Brown's victory, odds of health care reform have been downgraded to somewhere between "Cubs win World Series" and "Submitter gets a girlfriend"

hehehe
 
2010-01-25 12:49:28 PM
After heated negotiations with the network, Jay Leno slides into slot previously occupied by Brad Pitt (27:1)

oh, you!
 
2010-01-25 12:51:15 PM
those are all great headlines. top shelf.
 
2010-01-25 12:52:52 PM
someone splain the betting thing
 
2010-01-25 12:54:24 PM
Haiti coverage will shift to the "American Red Cross Accused of Retaining Haiti Donations" meme that appeared after Katrina.

The Red Cross usually takes whatever income it gets and divvies it up between immediate needs and long-term projects. Most tearful donating folks don't quite get the concept that funding infrastructure also applies to non-profits, so that the NEXT time there's an earthquake, the Red Cross will have gurneys and ambulances to drop off in whatever UNICEF country needs them in the future.
 
2010-01-25 12:55:05 PM
stebain: someone splain the betting thing

Just handicapping some things that might show up in the news in the current week and the odds of those things actually coming to pass. Most of them are tongue-in-cheek.
 
2010-01-25 12:56:05 PM
DarthBrooks: Haiti coverage will shift to the "American Red Cross Accused of Retaining Haiti Donations" meme that appeared after Katrina.

The Red Cross usually takes whatever income it gets and divvies it up between immediate needs and long-term projects. Most tearful donating folks don't quite get the concept that funding infrastructure also applies to non-profits, so that the NEXT time there's an earthquake, the Red Cross will have gurneys and ambulances to drop off in whatever UNICEF country needs them in the future.


I was under the impression I was purchasing everyone a kitten to lift their spirits and mildly assuage their hunger.
 
2010-01-25 12:59:32 PM
The two headlines that caught me by surprise this week were both on subtabs:

Coffey and Brewers agree on fair trade

Computers cannot replace scientific thinking, says obsolete bag of meat


Good job, submitters.
 
2010-01-25 01:00:34 PM
Already seen stories saying the Saints win is a metaphor for the rebuilding of New Orleans.
 
2010-01-25 01:16:55 PM
make me some tea: With Brown's victory, odds of health care reform have been downgraded to somewhere between "Cubs win World Series" and "Submitter gets a girlfriend"

hehehe


Thanks.

/my second HotW!
//unfortunately, every word of it is true
 
2010-01-25 01:22:32 PM
haddie: DarthBrooks: Haiti coverage will shift to the "American Red Cross Accused of Retaining Haiti Donations" meme that appeared after Katrina.

The Red Cross usually takes whatever income it gets and divvies it up between immediate needs and long-term projects. Most tearful donating folks don't quite get the concept that funding infrastructure also applies to non-profits, so that the NEXT time there's an earthquake, the Red Cross will have gurneys and ambulances to drop off in whatever UNICEF country needs them in the future.

I was under the impression I was purchasing everyone a kitten to lift their spirits and mildly assuage their hunger.


That's better than solar-powered bibles, at least.
 
2010-01-25 01:24:14 PM
The first Brett Favre retirement thread is up:
Link (new window)
 
2010-01-25 01:28:25 PM
Can't believe the NH lawmakers reach around didn't make it.
 
2010-01-25 01:47:55 PM
The week's favorite headlines read like a Carrot Top routine. I normally look forward to this...

I picked through the list of puns like a man searching for his dropped ring in an unflushed toilet: Even after you found the one thing that isn't shiat, you still feel bad about what you had to go through to find it.
 
2010-01-25 01:49:36 PM
Unfreakable: Just handicapping

ta
 
2010-01-25 02:03:04 PM
I'd just like to say that, as a New Orleanian, we do not condone the use of Katrina during sporting events. It's a stupid thing for sportscasters to do. We had our time in September 2006 when the Saints played the first game back in the Dome after Katrina. We needed that.

However, the reason the Saints going to the Super Bowl is so good for the city right now has nothing to do with Katrina. It has everything to do with the 43 years of this having never happened before.

No one drones on about 9/11 during Yankees games. They might as well keep talking about the Chicago Fire during Bears games.
 
2010-01-25 02:16:05 PM
How soon till we get the inevitable - Peyton Manning's dad used to be the quarterback of the Saints, Peyton used to be a Saints fan when he was a kid, Peyton wanted to boo his dad and the Saints when they played bad, etc.

/Ugh.
 
2010-01-25 02:17:09 PM
I began experiencing Haiti fatigue after about 10 minutes of working with them at my first job at Sears. Not too bright, those lads.
 
2010-01-25 02:26:38 PM
I'll put $100 on Angie adopting the entire country of Haiti.

Those are some great odds.
 
2010-01-25 05:10:16 PM
Computers cannot replace scientific thinking, says obsolete bag of meat

Hahaha, nice one.
 
2010-01-26 05:49:21 PM
Maybe weekly is too often for this thread.
 
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