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(Politico)   The media's marathon meltdown. Worse than Chernobyl and sadder than Wolf Blitzer's Jeopardy score, but like a terrible car accident, you can't help but look on in horror at the state of the media   (politico.com) divider line 127
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2013-04-18 08:33:28 AM  
for those that missed it, here's the full 90 minutes of fail
 
2013-04-18 09:08:41 AM  
Now as then, many of the nation's most trusted, established media organizations

There are people who trust 24-hour news networks? Have they ever actually watched those channels?
 
2013-04-18 09:13:23 AM  
When they had to correct themselves later, I was thinking that maybe it was some strategic play by the authorities.  Otherwise, the "source" farked up royally and the media farked up even more by not having it confirmed by someone other than a janitor at precinct 12.
 
2013-04-18 09:18:50 AM  

Sybarite: There are people who trust 24-hour news networks? Have they ever actually watched those channels?


I imagine them a lot like the precogs in Minority Report
 
2013-04-18 09:27:08 AM  
Did people not notice that the "news media" warped into the "frantically grabbing attention because TERROR BOOM SPLODEY COOL! conglomerate" in 1991?
 
2013-04-18 09:27:41 AM  
Within a few years all media will be state-owned and then we will all get the news that they see fit to show us.
 
2013-04-18 09:28:12 AM  
Mocking the media?
On Fark dot com?
 
2013-04-18 09:28:44 AM  
You'd probably get higher quality coverage from a junior high yearbook club.
 
2013-04-18 09:28:45 AM  
The media is just selling a product and sometimes news is involved.
 
2013-04-18 09:28:56 AM  

karnal: Within a few years all media will be state-owned and then we will all get the news that they see fit to show us.


I thought all media already was state-owned except for Fox News.

/oh wait, that's Soros-owned, isn't it
 
2013-04-18 09:29:10 AM  
Freaking media, try this for once, when theres nothing to report on an incident, report that theres nothing new to report, do not make shiat up.
 
2013-04-18 09:29:23 AM  
Wolf Blitzer always talks like he has something going up his ass.  The farker is annoying at all times.
 
2013-04-18 09:29:55 AM  
I said it in the original thread when the NY Post said they had arrested a Saudi national ... I knew it was all over.  The first one to fall usually drags everyone else down with them ... this is proof positive why 24 hour 'news' networks are full of fail, irrespective of their political affiliations.  It's just a shame so many people seem to use them as their primary sources of what in the fark is going on.
 
2013-04-18 09:29:57 AM  
The good news is that this is yet one more episode that writers for HBO's "The Network" won't have to lift a finger to create. I look forward to lots of lip-curling Will McAvoy angst as he exchanges rapid-fire, witty, up-to-the-last-minute debate with MacKenzie on whether to run with the lead or hold out for confirmation
 
2013-04-18 09:30:32 AM  
It's congress and their corporate overlords who benefit the most from keeping us terrorized. Including the corporate owned media.

Correction...  ESPECIALLYthe corporate owned media.
 
2013-04-18 09:33:17 AM  
John King needs to return to what he's good at, shrinking and expanding maps on a large screen. How dumb do you have to be to have Wolf Blitzer over you in the newsroom?

Also waiting for Anderson Cooper to be eaten by a bear. Interpret that sentence however you like.
 
2013-04-18 09:33:39 AM  

Pocket Ninja: The good news is that this is yet one more episode that writers for HBO's "The Network" won't have to lift a finger to create. I look forward to lots of lip-curling Will McAvoy angst as he exchanges rapid-fire, witty, up-to-the-last-minute debate with MacKenzie on whether to run with the lead or hold out for confirmation


Kind of like how Law n Order writers just open up the City section of the newspaper before writing an episode
 
2013-04-18 09:34:28 AM  

Pocket Ninja: The good news is that this is yet one more episode that writers for HBO's "The Network" won't have to lift a finger to create. I look forward to lots of lip-curling Will McAvoy angst as he exchanges rapid-fire, witty, up-to-the-last-minute debate with MacKenzie on whether to run with the lead or hold out for confirmation


Just as long as they walk around the newsroom really fast while they are doing it.
 
2013-04-18 09:34:47 AM  
This was pretty obvious during the ACA SCOTUS ruling where the news channels were calling the ruling every different way trying to out scoop each other.
 
2013-04-18 09:34:54 AM  

bdub77: John King needs to return to what he's good at, shrinking and expanding maps on a large screen. How dumb do you have to be to have Wolf Blitzer over you in the newsroom?

Also waiting for Anderson Cooper to be eaten by a bear. Interpret that sentence however you like.


I don't want that vision in my head dude!
 
2013-04-18 09:34:59 AM  
good lord, if i read 'as in' one more effing time......
 
2013-04-18 09:35:04 AM  
I was shocked to hear CNN had even bothered to cover the bombing. I've long since given up on it as a source of actual news, since 99% of the headlines usually involve a celebrity of some kind.
 
2013-04-18 09:35:44 AM  
www.inquisitr.com

Hey CNN, when you want to know what's happening, just ask Andy Richter.
 
2013-04-18 09:36:43 AM  
Conservatives are thinking "You just noticed???"
 
gja
2013-04-18 09:37:21 AM  
The media, as a whole, are farktwits. Staffed with trogs who otherwise would be asking "want fries with that?" (with deepest apologies to fast-food purveyors)
 
2013-04-18 09:37:53 AM  
'as in'
 
2013-04-18 09:39:06 AM  
I love this picture so much...
www.freeimagehosting.net
 
2013-04-18 09:39:50 AM  

somedude210: for those that missed it, here's the full 90 minutes of fail


2.44. No Jump. Want all 90 mins. Whar?
 
2013-04-18 09:40:19 AM  

Sybarite: Now as then, many of the nation's most trusted, established media organizations

There are people who trust 24-hour news networks? Have they ever actually watched those channels?


They are absolutely the very worst thing to happen to professional journalism.

Instead of having a buffer of several hours, or perhaps a day, to confirm facts, gather additional information, to have additional (and hopefully skeptical) eyeballs look at the story, in addition to space and time restrictions that help to limit wild speculation on their part, they operate on a minute by minute basis, and they have pressure to rush the story out before the other networks scoop them, and they have to fill 24 hours with *SOMETHING*.

There are times when I wonder if they in fact do more damage to the national debate on important subjects than they do good.   And I include all of them in this:  FoxNews, MSNBC, CNN, et al.  It's got nothing to do with political leaning, it's a problem inherent in the format itself.  It's kind of like the old Betamax vs.VHS debate:  You may think one is better than the other, but in the end they are both videotapes, and suffer from the same disadvantages inherent in that general format.  Those inherent disadvantages weren't fixed until something came along to supplant them.

I'm not sure that the same thing is going to happen with the 24 hour news channels, however.

Having said that, Freedom of the Press is one of those sacred things in the US Constitution.  I would no sooner impose significant restrictions on the press than I would on gun owners (and I'm sure you all know where I stand on that one).
 
2013-04-18 09:40:46 AM  
Were there any 24-hour news outlets that covered this story properly?
 
2013-04-18 09:41:02 AM  
i171.photobucket.com

This shiat writes itself.

/I'm getting way too much use out of this.
 
2013-04-18 09:41:10 AM  
This is what we get when we demand DETAILS of everything be delivered to our smartphones before the smoke dissipates and that those details be SENSATIONAL. You get what you pay for. All of the best journalists have left the profession because they know that what is being produced today isn't journalism at all; it's entertainment and prurient entertainment at that.
 
2013-04-18 09:41:15 AM  

ObeliskToucher: Conservatives are thinking "You just noticed???"


Um, then who is watching FOX News?
 
2013-04-18 09:41:40 AM  

bdub77: John King needs to return to what he's good at, shrinking and expanding maps on a large screen. How dumb do you have to be to have Wolf Blitzer over you in the newsroom?

Also waiting for Anderson Cooper to be eaten by a bear. Interpret that sentence however you like.


Probably happens nightly
 
2013-04-18 09:41:58 AM  
If the media doesn't keep its viewers riveted then they won't generate as much ad revenue. It's all dollars and no sense.
 
2013-04-18 09:42:21 AM  

Pocket Ninja: The good news is that this is yet one more episode that writers for HBO's "The Network" won't have to lift a finger to create. I look forward to lots of lip-curling Will McAvoy angst as he exchanges rapid-fire, witty, up-to-the-last-minute debate with MacKenzie on whether to run with the lead or hold out for confirmation


The first PN post I can remember that isn't trollolol ... good form, sir, good form.

/I love "The Network" ...
 
2013-04-18 09:42:44 AM  
Isn't the situation they're bumbling in now the one they swore would happen to anyone that chose chaotic and unreliable internet news instead of their fine, upstanding journalism?
 
2013-04-18 09:43:39 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: karnal: Within a few years all media will be state-owned and then we will all get the news that they see fit to show us.

I thought all media already was state-owned except for Fox News.

/oh wait, that's Soros-owned, isn't it


In an interview on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' Joe Biden praised and thanked MSNBC for their part in bringing about gun control.

mikesright.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-18 09:44:58 AM  

gja: The media, as a whole, are farktwits. Staffed with trogs who otherwise would be asking "want fries with that?" (with deepest apologies to fast-food purveyors)


See, that's what happens when you hire people with journalism degrees and have them write about stuff they have no comprehension on, instead of hiring people who are experienced in those areas and just coaching them on how to write effectively to a mass audience.
 
2013-04-18 09:45:36 AM  
It won't get better until there is accountability for our media.

Sure there are tons of independent "media ethics" organizations that are trying to raise awareness about the ineptitude of American media, but how do we even accomplish this?

I listened to a Freakonomics podcast awhile back, titled "The Folly of Prediction" and I think this would be a great start...

Vlad Mixich, a reporter in Bucharest, who describes how the Romanian "witch" industry (fortune-tellers, really) has been under attack - including a proposal to fine and imprison witches if their predictions turn out to be false.
 
2013-04-18 09:46:19 AM  

seadoo2006: Pocket Ninja: The good news is that this is yet one more episode that writers for HBO's "The Network" won't have to lift a finger to create. I look forward to lots of lip-curling Will McAvoy angst as he exchanges rapid-fire, witty, up-to-the-last-minute debate with MacKenzie on whether to run with the lead or hold out for confirmation

The first PN post I can remember that isn't trollolol ... good form, sir, good form.

/I love "The Network" ...


How do you know it's not a double bluff?

/It's an X-K-Red 27 technique.
 
2013-04-18 09:46:20 AM  
BREAKING NEWS - unconfirmed REPORT OF KIM JONG UN alleged CONVERSION TO ISLAM, maybe DECLARES JIHAD AGAINST NATIONS OF NEW ZEALAND AND JAMAICA. STANDBY FOR DEVELOPING INFORMATION and corrections/retractions/apologies.
 
2013-04-18 09:46:33 AM  

gglibertine: I was shocked to hear CNN had even bothered to cover the bombing. I've long since given up on it as a source of actual news, since 99% of the headlines usually involve a celebrity of some kind.


You make a point there....   never thought of it, but it's true.
 
2013-04-18 09:47:56 AM  
Well, my cable is currently out, because those a**holes at Comcast have once again raised my rates. I have the blue screen of death telling me that I need to upgrade my equipment (which means getting a box from them, at the cost of another $2.00 a month) so they can keep their box, and I'll do without. Renting movies at the library for free will do just fine for me.
 
2013-04-18 09:48:31 AM  

Daeva: Freaking media, try this for once, when theres nothing to report on an incident, report that theres nothing new to report, do not make shiat up.


That will never happen, because then you would stop watching and miss the next commercial break.

Here's thing: Wil Wheaton was the first person to tell me that a bomb had exploded in Boston, via Twitter. Many other Twitter people followed suit, and they also gave me the first pictures of the scene, taken by someone with an iPhone. After that, I came right here to get more info/discussion.

It's over, traditional media outlets. When it comes to "breaking news", you can't compete with Twitter/message boards/other social media and web sites. And you're damn sure not going to be able to compete with whatever comes next and replaces these sites. Stop trying.
 
2013-04-18 09:48:35 AM  
As expected, Stewart and Colbert pounced last night.
 
2013-04-18 09:49:39 AM  

bdub77: John King needs to return to what he's good at, shrinking and expanding maps on a large screen. How dumb do you have to be to have Wolf Blitzer over you in the newsroom?

Also waiting for Anderson Cooper to be eaten by a bear. Interpret that sentence however you like.


Alright... this comment gets a +1 for sure.
 
2013-04-18 09:52:30 AM  

bdub77: John King needs to return to what he's good at, shrinking and expanding maps on a large screen. How dumb do you have to be to have Wolf Blitzer over you in the newsroom?

Also waiting for Anderson Cooper to be eaten by a bear. Interpret that sentence however you like.


You mean swallowed by a bear.
 
2013-04-18 09:52:32 AM  
MSNBC, at this time, seems like a Political Action Comittee rather anything close to News Broadcasting.
 
2013-04-18 09:54:26 AM  

dittybopper: seadoo2006: Pocket Ninja: The good news is that this is yet one more episode that writers for HBO's "The Network" won't have to lift a finger to create. I look forward to lots of lip-curling Will McAvoy angst as he exchanges rapid-fire, witty, up-to-the-last-minute debate with MacKenzie on whether to run with the lead or hold out for confirmation

The first PN post I can remember that isn't trollolol ... good form, sir, good form.

/I love "The Network" ...

How do you know it's not a double bluff?

/It's an X-K-Red 27 technique.


Shiat ... I read it again and you might be right ... he's trollolo-ing us all anyways,
 
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