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(Slate)   What if cable news covered the moon landing? CNN would wonder if MH-370 were there, Fox would blame Obama for the moon not being made of cheese, and you would be sick of the moon long before anyone landed   (slate.com) divider line 24
    More: Interesting, Walter Cronkite, lunar landing, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong  
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2014-07-20 08:19:40 AM  
CNN: Nancy Grace's voice still audible on moon, somehow
FOX: Would Apollo's budget be better served as job creator tax cuts?
MSNBC: Caucasian Phallusocracy - where are the female astronauts, the African-American astronauts, the differently-abled astronauts?
E!: White on white astronaut suits? Gag! A billion dollars and you can't accessorize with a kicky scarf in a summer pastel? Don't get me started on those haircuts.
ESPN: Sea of Tranquility NFL franchise MUST offer Tebow a contract; LeBron James reminisces about looking at Moon from Cleveland.
 
2014-07-20 08:36:43 AM  
Gee, would it even get covered? I mean, there's a lot of Benghazi and Malaysia  airlines crashes to cover.

Back then you got a chance to ponder the meaning of the moment.These days some talking head will repeat in words what I just saw with my own eyes, explain what it really means, and then start the political spin.
 
2014-07-20 09:42:01 AM  
i595.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-20 10:09:14 AM  
The actual coverage was four solid hours of waiting for them to get the hell out of the LEM.  About 2 AM Neil steps out onto the moon and the hair just stood up on the back of your neck.  No one got any sleep that night.

Mr. Coffee Nerves: CNN: Nancy Grace's voice still audible on moon, somehow
FOX: Would Apollo's budget be better served as job creator tax cuts?
MSNBC: Caucasian Phallusocracy - where are the female astronauts, the African-American astronauts, the differently-abled astronauts?
E!: White on white astronaut suits? Gag! A billion dollars and you can't accessorize with a kicky scarf in a summer pastel? Don't get me started on those haircuts.
ESPN: Sea of Tranquility NFL franchise MUST offer Tebow a contract; LeBron James reminisces about looking at Moon from Cleveland.


You had me at "Nancy Grace!"
 
2014-07-20 10:28:44 AM  
Every 24 hour cable 'news' channel -

Endless parade of 'experts' describing the worst possible disaster scenario and how if something bad happened there would be no way to get the men back. Meanwhile the producers are sitting back in the control room hoping that is exactly what would happen.
 
2014-07-20 10:56:23 AM  
I really liked that being a news junkie and all that. Being an MSNBC partisan, I really enjoyed seeing Chris Matthews just being himself. And it was bittersweet seeing Keith Olbermann again because he really had courage, maybe too much so given that we do live in a corporatocracy where first amendment only applies to government allowing freedom of speech.
 
2014-07-20 11:08:04 AM  
I was a 13 year old at summer camp. We were all called in to the diining room and watched on a relatively small black and white TV. Of course it was glorious, but it was also slow, slow, slow. It took time for it to land, time before they could go outside to walk, time before the first words. I don't know if USA and networks would have the patience. So yeah, they would do like Wolf Blitzer, and read the twitter feeds.
 
2014-07-20 11:14:30 AM  
Link

An alternate voice. If you are young and like rap, here are some roots for you. If you are old and heard this in real time, you would appreciate it.
 
2014-07-20 11:30:11 AM  

Kevin72: Link

An alternate voice. If you are young and like rap, here are some roots for you. If you are old and heard this in real time, you would appreciate it.


I'm on mobile so I'm not clicking it, but I'm betting that's Whitey's on the Moon by Gil Scott Heron.
 
2014-07-20 11:55:40 AM  
I remember the original coverage. We were, actually, getting a little sick of it before The Eagle Had Landed.
 
2014-07-20 12:04:56 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Kevin72: Link

An alternate voice. If you are young and like rap, here are some roots for you. If you are old and heard this in real time, you would appreciate it.

I'm on mobile so I'm not clicking it, but I'm betting that's Whitey's on the Moon by Gil Scott Heron.


The word psychic has baggage, but parallel to that, your faculty for getting a direct flash of truth is spot on perfectly accurate. Well played!
 
2014-07-20 01:33:23 PM  
It would have been no different than the outcry back then: distraction from way, people in poverty and injustice, dying in the streets, and all that money wasted into space.
 
2014-07-20 01:37:34 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The actual coverage was four solid hours of waiting for them to get the hell out of the LEM.  About 2 AM Neil steps out onto the moon and the hair just stood up on the back of your neck.  No one got any sleep that night.

Mr. Coffee Nerves: CNN: Nancy Grace's voice still audible on moon, somehow
FOX: Would Apollo's budget be better served as job creator tax cuts?
MSNBC: Caucasian Phallusocracy - where are the female astronauts, the African-American astronauts, the differently-abled astronauts?
E!: White on white astronaut suits? Gag! A billion dollars and you can't accessorize with a kicky scarf in a summer pastel? Don't get me started on those haircuts.
ESPN: Sea of Tranquility NFL franchise MUST offer Tebow a contract; LeBron James reminisces about looking at Moon from Cleveland.

You had me at "Nancy Grace!"


You're right about the moment.
Most parents in the neighboorhood let their kids stay up for it, including mine.
 
2014-07-20 01:59:47 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: It would have been no different than the outcry back then: distraction from way, people in poverty and injustice, dying in the streets, and all that money wasted into space.


The irony is that all that wasted money lead to more improvements in everyones lives, more perspective, and more social change, than all of the weak political solutions and social handouts that came after Apollo.
One can only wonder where we would have been if they kept on pushing to mars and beyond.

/Becoming a two planet species, owning a whole new frontier, would make all this scuffling about oil and holy lands seem meaningless.
/Of course it wasn't to be.  Had to spend all our money on trivial shiat only to find out it was wasted.
 
2014-07-20 02:44:20 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: CNN: Nancy Grace's voice still audible on moon, somehow
FOX: Would Apollo's budget be better served as job creator tax cuts?
MSNBC: Caucasian Phallusocracy - where are the female astronauts, the African-American astronauts, the differently-abled astronauts?
E!: White on white astronaut suits? Gag! A billion dollars and you can't accessorize with a kicky scarf in a summer pastel? Don't get me started on those haircuts.
ESPN: Sea of Tranquility NFL franchise MUST offer Tebow a contract; LeBron James reminisces about looking at Moon from Cleveland.


And we don't even want to talk about the coverage on TMZ.
 
2014-07-20 04:06:21 PM  

jso2897: Mr. Coffee Nerves: CNN: Nancy Grace's voice still audible on moon, somehow
FOX: Would Apollo's budget be better served as job creator tax cuts?
MSNBC: Caucasian Phallusocracy - where are the female astronauts, the African-American astronauts, the differently-abled astronauts?
E!: White on white astronaut suits? Gag! A billion dollars and you can't accessorize with a kicky scarf in a summer pastel? Don't get me started on those haircuts.
ESPN: Sea of Tranquility NFL franchise MUST offer Tebow a contract; LeBron James reminisces about looking at Moon from Cleveland.

And we don't even want to talk about the coverage on TMZ.


While Armstrong is on the moon, we've got footage of his wife blowing Chuck Yeager in Neil's Corvette!
 
2014-07-20 04:54:18 PM  
i59.tinypic.com
 
2014-07-20 05:48:42 PM  

Kevin72: And it was bittersweet seeing Keith Olbermann again because he really had courage, maybe too much so given that we do live in a corporatocracy where first amendment only applies to government allowing freedom of speech.


The fact of Olbermann being a self-important doucebag aside, what exactly should the first amendment apply to in your opinion.
 
2014-07-20 10:17:33 PM  
In my neck of the woods we had cable TV relatively early in its development. At some point in the evening on the night man walked on the moon, the cable went out -- so neighbors came to our house to watch it all unfold. Cheap parents didn't have cable yet.
 
2014-07-20 10:44:04 PM  
Would Fox News argue that the venture was a waste of federal money, or would they devote half of the relevant coverage to a conspiracy theorist who argued that the event was being faked, in the name of balance?
 
2014-07-21 09:33:19 AM  
The news would have to allow equal time to the "other side" claiming the whole thing is a hoax because they can't see stars in the photos and the shadows aren't all the same direction and other stupid nonsense.
 
2014-07-21 10:40:11 AM  
I was born well after the moon landing but almost every time I see the moon I think how crazy it is that, in the sixties, when many houses didn't even have air conditioning, FFS, we shot a rocket up there, some guys got out and walked around, and then flew back.  It's absolutely insane.  Completely irrational.  But farking incredible.

mjbok: Kevin72: And it was bittersweet seeing Keith Olbermann again because he really had courage, maybe too much so given that we do live in a corporatocracy where first amendment only applies to government allowing freedom of speech.

The fact of Olbermann being a self-important doucebag aside, what exactly should the first amendment apply to in your opinion.


People shouldn't be allowed to fire newscasters whose ratings suck.  Because Koch Brothers.
 
2014-07-21 02:59:47 PM  

plecos: The news would have to allow equal time to the "other side" claiming the whole thing is a hoax because they can't see stars in the photos and the shadows aren't all the same direction and other stupid nonsense.


I know the answer is out there, but the one that always confused me was the cross hairs in the pictures.
 
2014-07-21 04:17:39 PM  

mjbok: plecos: The news would have to allow equal time to the "other side" claiming the whole thing is a hoax because they can't see stars in the photos and the shadows aren't all the same direction and other stupid nonsense.

I know the answer is out there, but the one that always confused me was the cross hairs in the pictures.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reseau_plate

"A Reseau plate is a transparent plate with fiduciary markers placed at the focal plane of a camera just in front of the film to provide a means of correcting images to enable them to be used for precision measurement. The crosshairs visible in photos taken on the Moon are an example of this usage. "
 
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