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(Slate)   Watch as an MSNBC anchor interrupts a United States Congresswoman speaking about the NSA's spying programs with "breaking news" about Justin Bieber   (slate.com) divider line 63
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2014-01-24 04:06:31 PM
Deport the little Sumbiatch...and Mrs. Greenspan while you're at it, too.
 
2014-01-24 04:26:01 PM
Maybe they mistook Bieber for Rachel Maddow.

i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-01-24 04:29:16 PM

StrikitRich: Deport the little Sumbiatch


Huh uh. Make it do the jail time for the DUI, then deport her.
 
2014-01-24 04:29:32 PM
Another distraction...
 
2014-01-24 04:31:08 PM
Bread and circuses.
 
2014-01-24 04:31:13 PM
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

www.pistonagency.com
 
2014-01-24 04:31:53 PM
Canada may have created this little bastard, but it is the US who is running wild all over him. He's your now, muhahaha!
 
2014-01-24 04:32:16 PM
No.

You can't make me.
 
2014-01-24 04:32:44 PM

jennyz: Bread and circuses.


The fourth estate has become the fifth column.
 
2014-01-24 04:33:01 PM
 
2014-01-24 04:33:42 PM

Michic: Another distraction...


i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-24 04:34:34 PM
Would not have believed it if I hadn't seen it.
 
hej
2014-01-24 04:34:44 PM
And this is why we can't have nice things.
 
2014-01-24 04:36:40 PM
Aren't they supposed to at least make an effort to hide their contempt for us, and the "oh squirrel" "news" reporting?

I think this breaks standard protocol.
 
2014-01-24 04:36:55 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-24 04:36:58 PM
Jon Stewart would have some fun with that, if he actually worked on Fridays.
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2014-01-24 04:39:32 PM
I don't see the problem... I would have been close to changing the channel with her rambling on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and...

Breaking news!!
 
2014-01-24 04:40:22 PM
If Americans want the news media to stop treating them like vapid brain dead jack asses then they should probably stop behaving like vapid brain dead jack asses.

Or at least pretend you aren't for a half generation or so until real and pertinent information being presented to you starts being absorbed again.
 
2014-01-24 04:40:32 PM

cptjeff: Jon Stewart would have some fun with that, if he actually worked on Fridays.


Well, they record after sundown.
 
2014-01-24 04:41:40 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: Aren't they supposed to at least make an effort to hide their contempt for us, and the "oh squirrel" "news" reporting?

I think this breaks standard protocol.


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2014-01-24 04:42:08 PM
I just... I mean... It was an actual live interview and they just...

fark it. I'm out.
 
2014-01-24 04:42:21 PM

neversubmit: Michic: Another distraction...

[i.imgur.com image 850x637]


I get the sentiment, and I sympathize with it, but what the fark am I supposed to do about rioting in the Ukraine? Replace that with images of events happening here in the US, and I think it works better.
 
2014-01-24 04:42:30 PM
do you honestly think the old bat had something important to say?
 
2014-01-24 04:42:54 PM
The things our media put up to distract us from important things like the NSA spying, the revolution/revolt in Ukraine and the employment numbers make nazi propagandists look like public access channel programmers. We've taken one of the mightiest sources of free information in the world and focused it on Justin Bieber. In an age where the NSA regularly lies to the FISA court and the representatives charged with oversight, we care about some homophobic redneck.

If the American people can't seem to give a fark about things that really matter we deserve what happens next.
 
2014-01-24 04:42:58 PM
I suspect the former congresswomen had nothing of substance to offer re: NSA spying.  So, you know, whatever.
 
2014-01-24 04:45:11 PM
Utterly farking disgusting that MSNBC did that.  I'm appalled.
 
2014-01-24 04:45:32 PM
Well, to be fair, that Bieber chick is way hotter than that old broad...
 
2014-01-24 04:45:57 PM
And shiat like this is why The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
 
2014-01-24 04:46:11 PM
And then right back to the rep.

Stupid but I'm sure Mitchell hated it as much as anyone else.
 
2014-01-24 04:46:12 PM

AliceBToklasLives: I suspect the former congresswomen had nothing of substance to offer re: NSA spying.  So, you know, whatever.


Yeah that's part of the problem too.  It's all exactly backwards.  These are their priorities, in order.

#1.  Celebrity gossip
#2.  Relatively small, emotionally charged events
#3.  Political grandstanding
#4.  Major world events
#5.  Meaningful analysis
 
2014-01-24 04:47:34 PM

Grapple: Utterly farking disgusting that MSNBC did that.  I'm appalled.


Are you really even surprised?  This isn't a "both sides are bad so watch fox news" post, but a "24 hour news is the opposite of informative"
 
2014-01-24 04:48:04 PM
BWAHAHAH... what a freaking JOKE our 'mainstream media' outlets have become. Wow. Excuse me congresswoman, I'm sure your analysis and insight into the NSA's secret data tapping of the entire country's communications networks is important and all BUT... Justin Beiber!!!
 
2014-01-24 04:48:24 PM
news for profit = What's that Honey Boo Boo up to now?
 
2014-01-24 04:48:48 PM
This is just insane.The news needs to get back to actually being the news.
 
2014-01-24 04:50:04 PM
THIS is more important news worthy than domestic spying (don't really give a rat's butt about spying on foreigners or their leaders that is what spy agencies are supposed to do, they just are not supposed to get caught).


TMZ, E! etc is the place for news about Bierber but you would think that we as a nation and the "news" media would have a higher sense of priorities
 
2014-01-24 04:50:39 PM
LET ME BREAK INTO THIS THREAD TO LET YOU KNOW I GOT TO TAKE A DUMP!

/film at 11
 
2014-01-24 04:51:24 PM

Jument: Canada may have created this little bastard, but it is the US who is running wild all over him. He's your now, muhahaha!


Just admit Canadians are bad at music.
 
2014-01-24 04:51:30 PM
SNL skit comes to life.
MSNBC, oh how the snarky have fallen.
 
2014-01-24 04:51:45 PM

ikanreed: AliceBToklasLives: I suspect the former congresswomen had nothing of substance to offer re: NSA spying.  So, you know, whatever.

Yeah that's part of the problem too.  It's all exactly backwards.  These are their priorities, in order.

#1.  Celebrity gossip
#2.  Relatively small, emotionally charged events
#3.  Political grandstanding
#4.  Major world events
#5.  Meaningful analysis


I think you accidentally put "Meaningful analysis" on your list of things the mainstream media outlets consider a 'priority'. I'm sure it was an honest mistake.
 
2014-01-24 04:52:15 PM

boyvoyeur: LET ME BREAK INTO THIS THREAD TO LET YOU KNOW I GOT TO TAKE A DUMP!

/film at 11


NO NO NO
Imma let you finish but first, let me tell you I submitted this with the greatest headline ever!

GREATEST HEADLINE EVAR!!!

 
2014-01-24 04:52:53 PM

hasty ambush: THIS is more important news worthy than domestic spying (don't really give a rat's butt about spying on foreigners or their leaders that is what spy agencies are supposed to do, they just are not supposed to get caught).

TMZ, E! etc is the place for news about Bierber but you would think that we as a nation and the "news" media would have a higher sense of priorities


I hate to, but I agree with you on both (all three?) counts.
 
2014-01-24 04:53:20 PM

ikanreed: AliceBToklasLives: I suspect the former congresswomen had nothing of substance to offer re: NSA spying.  So, you know, whatever.

Yeah that's part of the problem too.  It's all exactly backwards.  These are their priorities, in order.

#1.  Celebrity gossip
#2.  Relatively small, emotionally charged events
#3.  Political grandstanding
#4.  Major world events
#5.  Meaningful analysis


Right.  Except here's what they actually cover:

#1A. People screaming at each other
#1B. Politicians bullshiatting to score political points (essentially #3)

#1.  Celebrity gossip
#2.  Relatively small, emotionally charged events
#3.  Political grandstanding
#4.  Major world events (but with a focus on 1A/1B)
#5.  Meaningful analysis


The fact that they do #4 at all is itself troubling, as it appears to lend credibility to #1, #2, and #3.
 
2014-01-24 04:54:08 PM

TheRockit: ikanreed: AliceBToklasLives: I suspect the former congresswomen had nothing of substance to offer re: NSA spying.  So, you know, whatever.

Yeah that's part of the problem too.  It's all exactly backwards.  These are their priorities, in order.

#1.  Celebrity gossip
#2.  Relatively small, emotionally charged events
#3.  Political grandstanding
#4.  Major world events
#5.  Meaningful analysis

I think you accidentally put "Meaningful analysis" on your list of things the mainstream media outlets consider a 'priority'. I'm sure it was an honest mistake.


I included it because flipping the chart would result in the ideal.  #1 would get nothing.
 
2014-01-24 04:54:28 PM

TheRockit: Yeah that's part of the problem too. It's all exactly backwards. These are their priorities, in order.#1. Celebrity gossip#2. Relatively small, emotionally charged events#3. Political grandstanding#4. Major world events#5. Meaningful analysis

I think you accidentally put "Meaningful analysis" on your list of things the mainstream media outlets consider a 'priority'. I'm sure it was an honest mistake.


And everything on this list moves down one notch, with #1 being "Selling Soap".
 
2014-01-24 04:56:21 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-24 04:56:23 PM
I'm actually kind of glad they did that.  No, I'm not insane.

We're actually all talking about how outrageous it is to interrupt an interview with trivial bullsh*t.  Isn't that a nice change?

Maybe someone will actually let the "news" media know that they've really crossed a line here.  I don't even have cable, but I'm going to give MSNBC a few nastygrams about this.

And if they don't interrupt Saturday Night Live's new Weekend Update anchor with a parody, I'll be stunned...
 
2014-01-24 04:56:38 PM
If you want a good solid laugh/cry, check out these pictorial tributes from his Beliebers on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin&src=tren & mode=photos
 
2014-01-24 04:58:27 PM
i.imgur.com

Right now on CNN's homepage.
 
2014-01-24 05:00:45 PM

Somacandra: [i.imgur.com image 254x64]

Right now on CNN's homepage.


So glad I cut the cable 6 months ago.
 
2014-01-24 05:01:45 PM
Of course she did.  Why wouldn't it be any other way?

The vast majority of Americans are almost completely listless and apathetic about the NSA spying debacle.  And, really, why shouldn't they be?  It's not as if most of them have any control over what's happening, beyond voting out the sumbiatch politicians who aided and abetted them, and even then there's a really good chance that the next guys who get the office are going to be just as bad, if not worse.  And our 24-hour for-profit infotainment "news" networks are getting paid, and paid well, for filling every second of every day with meaningless trivia like this instead of actual news and analysis.

We're going to have to collectively hit rock-bottom before it gets better.  If it ever does.
 
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