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(Salon)   BREAKING NEWS: during slow news months, the media is most likely to overhype small stories and turn them into BREAKING NEWS. More on this as it develops   (salon.com) divider line 30
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2012-06-16 09:28:45 AM  
Should have been a newsflash.
 
2012-06-16 11:06:39 AM  
This is shocking and very upsetting. I blame those who have different beliefs than me.
 
2012-06-16 12:14:31 PM  
Like stories on how slow stories are right now?
 
2012-06-16 12:40:55 PM  

GAT_00: Like stories on how slow stories are right now?


Yo dawg, it's a slow news day, so hears a story about slow news stories.
 
2012-06-16 12:41:46 PM  
It's a huge pet peeve of mine.

The local NBC Pittsburgh news is the worst with this.

They just did a BREAKING NEWS story that Jerry Sandusky was arriving to the courthouse.

So it's not even just Breaking News: there was a fire today.

It's Breaking News: Something we KNEW was going to happen happened at the time we knew ahead of time was going to happen!
 
2012-06-16 12:45:56 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-16 12:50:21 PM  
This is Ric Romero reporting on BREAKING NEWS: I am eating fried chicken for lunch. We'll have analysis of what this means for the presidential election in a moment. But first, let's discuss al-Qaeda's reaction to this new development in my stomach and colon.
 
2012-06-16 12:52:28 PM  
Bath salts?
 
2012-06-16 12:58:02 PM  
When the "Breaking News" meme stops getting our attention, they'll just dream up something else, like "WTF?" or "Y U NO WATCH THIS?" or "EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!"
 
2012-06-16 12:58:25 PM  
"The media" also have staff members who troll comment pages to increase site activity foster discussion.
 
2012-06-16 01:02:41 PM  
FTA: The presidential election, of course; it's knee-deep in the silly season right now, with the campaigns fully staffed, funded and operating, but actual voters not paying very much attention for at least another two or three months.

FTFT. God bless all the other forms of media procrastination tools to avoid election time coverage.
 
2012-06-16 01:05:21 PM  
BREAKING NEWS: While government and shadow government are busy stealing your money and rights, they'll try and distract you by shaking shiny keys, i. e., stupid news stories, in front of your face day and night! Story at 11:00, 11:10, 11:20...

/Can you spot the difference between real news and a stupid "news story" distraction?
 
2012-06-16 01:08:15 PM  
If only some gentleman would write a book about this phenomenon, outlining the various sorts of stories they do this way based on several categories and not only sell it for a very reasonable price, but offer a website to talk about such news stories. Perhaps the fine gentleman could also derive a way to make $5 a month from interested parties that would like access to even more such stories.
 
2012-06-16 01:08:31 PM  
The worst has to be Nancy Grace. Every night at 8 there is some form of BREAKING SNOOSE I want to jump on a plane, fly to Atlanta and poke her eardrums.
 
2012-06-16 01:12:47 PM  
SHARK!

CANNIBALISM!

CANNIBAL SHARKS!
 
2012-06-16 01:15:28 PM  

GAT_00: Like stories on how slow stories are right now?


Fark has the story on the story on how slow news stories are right now.

You commented on the story on the story on how slow news stories are right now.

Using the search terms GAT_00 news stories the very top Google hit is your comment on the story on the story on how slow news stories are right now.
 
2012-06-16 01:23:42 PM  
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2012-06-16 01:30:42 PM  
Isn't that kind of the whole concept behind FARK.com?
 
2012-06-16 01:36:02 PM  
"This is a FOX NEWS ALERT"

Just once, try turning on Fox News during the day and count the number of times they have a "FOX NEWS ALERT." Then count the number of times it's actual noteworthy news.
 
2012-06-16 01:37:42 PM  

Fano: If only some gentleman would write a book about this phenomenon, outlining the various sorts of stories they do this way based on several categories and not only sell it for a very reasonable price, but offer a website to talk about such news stories. Perhaps the fine gentleman could also derive a way to make $5 a month from interested parties that would like access to even more such stories.


It would never work. The website would then become a breeding ground of perverts and smart-asses. In fact, just thinking about it gives me the shakes.

/ *shudder* Could you imagine......
 
2012-06-16 01:43:15 PM  

zipdog: "This is a FOX NEWS ALERT"

Just once, try turning on Fox News during the day and count the number of times they have a "FOX NEWS ALERT." Then count the number of times it's actual noteworthy news.


aberdeensports.net
Fox Worthy News
 
2012-06-16 01:44:47 PM  
Extra! Extra! George Eastman invents the camera! Film at 11!
 
2012-06-16 02:14:07 PM  
www.k12tshirt.com
 
2012-06-16 02:23:34 PM  
Just how small we talkin' here?
 
2012-06-16 02:25:32 PM  
There are no slow news months, only lazy journalists.
 
2012-06-16 02:27:36 PM  
My favourite part is the article's subtitle: "Research shows that the slow media months are when the media is most likely to overhype small stories".

Someone actually got paid to prove that small stories are treated as big stories when there's a lack of big stories.
 
2012-06-16 02:36:49 PM  
It's sickening what the news media has become in the last 10 to 15 years. All the networks basically think pandering to their own reality shows is farking breaking news. Guess what ABC? I don't care who got dropped from Dancing With the Washed up Celebrities. I don't care who whined about getting bumped from American idol or Americas got talent, and who gives a fark who Trump fired. It's not news so stop trying to force your crappy lack of programming on us.
I also think it's ridiculous the amount of time they spend advertising the lottery, and what's with every news show in the morning having a crew of like five people giggling all the time. Some tard will read "gas went up another 20 cents this morning" of a q-card and then they pan to 4 or 5 out of touch yuppies in thousand dollar suits and skirts and they'll trade stories between giggle sessions.
Here's an idea media,,, have a show that basically focus's on news and events occurring around the world. No commentary, no panel of rich 20 somethings telling me how their morning commute was or what their snowflake did last weekend, just one person telling me (WITHOUT OPINION!!!) what the fark is going on in the farking world today!
 
2012-06-16 03:00:11 PM  

ununcle: It's sickening what the news media has become in the last 10 to 15 years. All the networks basically think pandering to their own reality shows is farking breaking news. Guess what ABC? I don't care who got dropped from Dancing With the Washed up Celebrities. I don't care who whined about getting bumped from American idol or Americas got talent, and who gives a fark who Trump fired. It's not news so stop trying to force your crappy lack of programming on us.
I also think it's ridiculous the amount of time they spend advertising the lottery, and what's with every news show in the morning having a crew of like five people giggling all the time. Some tard will read "gas went up another 20 cents this morning" of a q-card and then they pan to 4 or 5 out of touch yuppies in thousand dollar suits and skirts and they'll trade stories between giggle sessions.
Here's an idea media,,, have a show that basically focus's on news and events occurring around the world. No commentary, no panel of rich 20 somethings telling me how their morning commute was or what their snowflake did last weekend, just one person telling me (WITHOUT OPINION!!!) what the fark is going on in the farking world today!


I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
2012-06-16 09:58:20 PM  
Good Lord, DC news radio does this all the time. BREAKING NEWS, basketball player Mustafa Van Der Bucks has been placed on injured reserve due to tendon inflammation.

Complete with the dramatic music, the tension in the announcer's voice, the whole shebang. Seriously. For sports announcements. Routinely.
 
2012-06-16 10:15:10 PM  

Delay: GAT_00: Like stories on how slow stories are right now?

Fark has the story on the story on how slow news stories are right now.

You commented on the story on the story on how slow news stories are right now.

Using the search terms GAT_00 news stories the very top Google hit is your comment on the story on the story on how slow news stories are right now.


So, I'm king of the Internet?
 
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