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2013-09-23 04:11:25 PM
I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.
 
2013-09-23 04:23:02 PM
It would make it to Fark about a week after Reddit. Other than that it wouldn't be national.


/love you Drew!
 
2013-09-23 04:36:06 PM

DamnYankees: I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.


I think the plane crash would be another candidate for a brief amount of national coverage.

All in all, it would probably depend on what else is happening in the news at the time. If it's stuff like war and terrorist attacks and whatnot, sure. You'd see the Breaking Bad story. But if Miley Cyrus does something that's supposed to be shocking on the day the BB story breaks, you'd never get the slightest hint of Walter.
 
2013-09-23 04:38:05 PM

Secret Agent X23: I think the plane crash would be another candidate for a brief amount of national coverage.


Yeah, but that would never be tied to the Heisenberg story. The connection is extremely tangential, and by the time the Heisenberg story broke the crash would be old news anyways.
 
2013-09-23 04:39:09 PM

DamnYankees: I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.


I don't know. There's some sensation the story. Mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin.

At the very least, I could see it showing up on Fark. Perhaps a feature in Rolling Stone.
 
2013-09-23 04:40:09 PM

Shostie: DamnYankees: I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.

I don't know. There's some sensation the story. Mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin.

At the very least, I could see it showing up on Fark. Perhaps a feature in Rolling Stone.


Yeah, as someone on twitter said, it wouldn't be news, but it would be a 64,000 word piece in The New Yorker.
 
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2013-09-23 06:16:27 PM
Fring's death would have probably been greenlit two or three times. Pinkman throwing cash around town would have been a kicker story on at least some national newscasts.
 
2013-09-23 06:34:30 PM
It's one of those things that wouldn't be national news since all the different newsworthy dimensions of it wouldn't necessarily be linked together at the same time (Walt being a meth kingpin, nursing home bombing, ten federal witnesses being shanked, Drew Sharp disappearance, whatever the hell mayhem happens in the finale), but would later be written up extensively as people piece together Walt's life after the fact.
 
2013-09-23 06:41:57 PM
I do, however, have no problem with there being a "national manhunt."

I'm pretty sure the law enforcement folks would be out for blood for Heisenberg after, you know, the killing and all.
 
2013-09-23 06:41:59 PM
I think it goes national if the cops tie things together...especially the coordinated witness murders.
 
2013-09-23 06:52:45 PM
I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.
 
2013-09-23 06:58:46 PM
I often think the same thing about Cop Rock.
 
2013-09-23 07:00:44 PM
Look at CNN, MSNBC, and Faux News.

Of COURSE it would be big "news".

Hell, after Walt takes Holly, Nancy Grace would go all "METH KING!"
 
2013-09-23 07:02:09 PM
@timothypmurphy #shakestinyfist
 
2013-09-23 07:04:55 PM
A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.
 
2013-09-23 07:06:30 PM
It would be national if only for the Neo Nazi angle. The media loooves pointing out how evil and racist white people are.
 
2013-09-23 07:09:55 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It would be national if only for the Neo Nazi angle. The media loooves pointing out how evil and racist white people are.


Will this persecution of white people ever end?
 
2013-09-23 07:10:01 PM

shanrick: A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.


1) No it wouldn't.
2) That didn't happen in Breaking Bad.
 
2013-09-23 07:11:42 PM
"Crystal Blue" would have made the media a couple of times. Also some folks would have made websites for it.
 
2013-09-23 07:12:04 PM

gunga galunga: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It would be national if only for the Neo Nazi angle. The media loooves pointing out how evil and racist white people are.

Will this persecution of white people ever end?


lol "persecution of white people"
 
2013-09-23 07:12:52 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Look at CNN, MSNBC, and Faux News.

Of COURSE it would be big "news".

Hell, after Walt takes Holly, Nancy Grace would go all "METH KING!"


Yep. And if you don't think the 24 hour news cycle isn't going to pick up a story about a chemistry teacher becoming a major drug lord and being suspected of killing 2 feds, you are nuts.
 
2013-09-23 07:13:06 PM
It's not meth, but William Pickard (briefly) made national news when he was busted.  But if the DEA figures of him supplying 90% of the world's LSD are accurate, it was a somewhat larger operation than Heisenberg.
 
2013-09-23 07:14:09 PM

DamnYankees: shanrick: A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.

1) No it wouldn't.
2) That didn't happen in Breaking Bad.


That's right because Brock was 8 when he smoked it - after he found it in Hanks bathroom.
 
2013-09-23 07:20:54 PM
It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.
 
2013-09-23 07:21:57 PM

Mr. Chainsaw: It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.


What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?
 
2013-09-23 07:23:43 PM

ongbok: OtherLittleGuy: Look at CNN, MSNBC, and Faux News.

Of COURSE it would be big "news".

Hell, after Walt takes Holly, Nancy Grace would go all "METH KING!"

Yep. And if you don't think the 24 hour news cycle isn't going to pick up a story about a chemistry teacher becoming a major drug lord and being suspected of killing 2 feds, you are nuts.


That's why I home-school; I don't want my kid learnin' to make meth.
 
2013-09-23 07:24:01 PM
It would be National News only because of the fact that it's a 50-Year-Old Chemistry Teacher / Mild-Mannered Guy-Next-Door type.  The media would sensationalize the HELL out of that.  Absolutely it would be National News.
 
2013-09-23 07:25:34 PM

DamnYankees: What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?


Chemistry teacher becomes drug lord even with brother in law DEA head who is missing presumed dead or possible partner? (especially if the DVD gets found and leaked somewhere, by say the Nazi's)
 
2013-09-23 07:27:45 PM

DamnYankees: Mr. Chainsaw: It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.

What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?


simply the fact that a chemistry teacher, who was a co founder of a major tech company, became a major drug lord. That is enough to get a mention on cable news shows. Then throw in the fact that he is also suspected of killing two DEA agents will really peak interest.
 
2013-09-23 07:29:54 PM

Kanemano: DamnYankees: What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?

Chemistry teacher becomes drug lord even with brother in law DEA head who is missing presumed dead or possible partner? (especially if the DVD gets found and leaked somewhere, by say the Nazi's)


ongbok: simply the fact that a chemistry teacher, who was a co founder of a major tech company, became a major drug lord. That is enough to get a mention on cable news shows. Then throw in the fact that he is also suspected of killing two DEA agents will really peak interest.


I guess I just disagree. This seems more like a story that would be made into a movie, and then afterwards you'd be blown away to find out it was actually a true story and you can't believe you didn't hear about it when it happened.
 
2013-09-23 07:30:25 PM

ongbok: DamnYankees: Mr. Chainsaw: It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.

What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?

simply the fact that a chemistry teacher, who was a co founder of a major tech company, became a major drug lord. That is enough to get a mention on cable news shows. Then throw in the fact that he is also suspected of killing two DEA agents will really peak interest.


Nancy Grace would be giving thanks to her Dark Lord Satan every night for a story like that.  It would be wall-to-wall coverage.
 
2013-09-23 07:31:31 PM
IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!
 
2013-09-23 07:37:45 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!


Because it's the greatest TV series since the Sopranos and there's only one episode left.
 
2013-09-23 07:41:02 PM
the grey matter connection would have been enough... the financial news and pr blitz with interviews would have been on all of the 24 hour news and daily talk shows.

if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.
 
2013-09-23 07:41:29 PM

senor frank: if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.


That's a good angle; best argument yet I think.
 
2013-09-23 07:49:59 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!


To many in this country it's not real if it isn't on TV or facebook.
 
2013-09-23 07:52:51 PM
Honestly I think Gus would end up being a bigger news story than WW.  'Owner of a wannabe KFC chain busted for using it as a front for meth' would be a bigger story than 'Random chemistry teacher and a junkie cooked meth'.

WW story would probably end up on one of those 'How I almost got away with it' type shows.

I reserve the right to change my mind after the final episode.

/Jesse throwing money around would have probably been a mildly humorous story people would forget about the next day
//Jane doing Playboy would be a bigger story than either
 
2013-09-23 07:56:37 PM

jaylectricity: I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.


Why go to the South Valley when the  War Zone International District is so much closer?
 
2013-09-23 07:56:38 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!

Because it's the greatest TV series since the Sopranos and there's only one episode left.


So the fark what? It's still just a TV show. TV isn't life.
 
2013-09-23 07:57:47 PM

Creoena: //Jane doing Playboy would be a bigger story than either


Go on....
 
2013-09-23 07:58:24 PM

senor frank: if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.


cdni.wired.co.uk

Doesn't fit exactly but its pretty close.
 
2013-09-23 07:59:19 PM
brief newsclip turned into a human interest movie of the week a year later about a young mother who has no clue her husband is a drug lord but then she takes over when he goes to prison and will do nothing to protect her children. so, sort of like traffic only starring jodie foster and a more upbeat women-positive message.
 
2013-09-23 08:00:58 PM
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2013-09-23 08:03:24 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!

Because it's the greatest TV series since the Sopranos and there's only one episode left.

So the fark what? It's still just a TV show. TV isn't life.


It's a part of many peoples lives, and we like to talk about it online.
 
2013-09-23 08:11:13 PM
Well, the recent story of the home invasion and the kidnapping of the 14 year old girl went national for a bit. Zimmerman should have stayed local but went national. Lot of Amber Alerts go on National News sometimes, but combine that with a drug slant and two missing DEA agents plus the Grey Matter connection, it becomes a multi angle story for awhile.
 
2013-09-23 08:13:09 PM

tollbooth_willy: jaylectricity: I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.

Why go to the South Valley when the  War Zone International District is so much closer?


500 Texas St. I almost died there. Another time we woke up to bring home my roommate's hookup home and there was a dead guy in the gutter. Cane in one hand, gun in the other.
 
2013-09-23 08:14:52 PM

skinink: Well, the recent story of the home invasion and the kidnapping of the 14 year old girl went national for a bit. Zimmerman should have stayed local but went national. Lot of Amber Alerts go on National News sometimes, but combine that with a drug slant and two missing DEA agents plus the Grey Matter connection, it becomes a multi angle story for awhile.


Yeah. It has potential, but it would depend on what else is going on.
 
2013-09-23 08:20:14 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!



Sssshhhhhh. It's okay, it's okay. There there. It'll all be over soon.

Hush little baby, don't say a word
Mamma's gonna buy you a mockingbird...
 
2013-09-23 08:22:58 PM
I still have no idea what the show is about.
 
2013-09-23 08:30:39 PM
It still wouldn't be as big a story as that contest winner from Albuquerque.

-Survived a plane crash
-Got into an altercation over a snorkel
-Was attacked by weasels
-Put out a grease fire with his face
-Dismembered a man with a chainsaw
-Bit a man in the jugular

Beat that, Walter White.
 
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