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Groping Desperately - AdrianG [APOD]
March 12th, 2005
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Groping Desperately
CNN is positively sickening to watch, right now. The shootings of various law enforcement officials and a judge by an escaped prisoner in Georgia is certainly an important story. But nothing justifies this level of fixation on a single story. It is probably not the fault of the various anchors at CNN, but I must say it is disgusting to see the squirming and groping desperately for something more to say about this story. They've given us all the news there is, so far. They have occasional nuggets of additional news, but for the most part, they are desperately trying to fill time, and some how it just doesn't seem to occur to them that there might be other stories they could cover in between new bits of news on this story and perhaps occasional recaps of the last 24 hours. I just don't see how a any group of people that call themselves a news organization can stoop to this grossly unprofessional conduct. The person deciding which stories should be covered should be fired.

Adrian

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From:dr_nebula
Date:March 13th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
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Hey - you think you're sick of it - this story has been on all the major network stations almost non-stop (I live near Atlanta). Yes, its a big deal in Georgia but there are limits to the amount of relevant covergae.
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From:adriang
Date:March 13th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
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You have my sympathies.

Adrian
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From:elementalmuse
Date:March 13th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
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You said it! They've been going ON AND ON AND ON since yesterday. Might explain why I rarely watch CNN anymore.
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From:adriang
Date:March 13th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
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People at work tease me for listening to NPR, but during the OJ trial, it was the only nation wide broadcast news outlet that I'm aware of that had any sense of perspective on covering such a story. I didn't miss out on any OJ news that I might have wanted to hear for listening to NPR, but I also didn't miss out on all the other news. With CNN soon to become the Michael Jackson News Channel, I suspect I'll be watching it less, in the near future.

Adrian
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From:elementalmuse
Date:March 13th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
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Michael Jackson News Channel.

Indeed. It's only a matter of time.
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From:lightning_rose
Date:March 13th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
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Isn't CNN based in Atlanta? That could explain a bias.

How's the coverage on other news channels?

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From:adriang
Date:March 13th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)

other channels

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I haven't checked the others. I just found other things to do, which is probably what I ought to do, anyway. 8-)

Adrian
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From:unixronin
Date:March 13th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
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Ah, the time-honored principles of US news reporting -- "If it bleeds, it leads" and "Good news doesn't sell newspapers."
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From:adriang
Date:March 13th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)

bleeding

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Yes, but isn't anything bleeding outside of Georgia? 8-)

Adrian
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From:lightning_rose
Date:March 13th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)

Re: bleeding

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Regrettably, yes. You'll soon hear about Wisconsin. :(

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From:adriang
Date:March 13th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)

Re: bleeding

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They've mentioned it. It's only barely interrupted their main fascination, but they have, at least, mentioned it.

Adrian
From:choobie
Date:March 13th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)

CNN has always been pathetic

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I know how you feel
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From:adriang
Date:March 13th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)

Re: CNN has always been pathetic

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Thanks.

Adrian
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From:polytwo
Date:March 13th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
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AMEN! ;-)
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From:adriang
Date:March 14th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
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8-)

P.S. I can't believe I actually spell checked that smiley.
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From:specificocean
Date:April 14th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
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All the talking heads on the idiot box feel silence is a vacuum which must be filled...
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From:adriang
Date:April 14th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
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They face that problem every day. The thing that seems hard to understand, to me, is why they become so fixated on a single story. It is as though they assume their audience only wants to hear about that one story, and even though they have nothing more to say on it. Perhaps they are afraid that if they stop regurgitating the same details long enough to cover other news that their audience will flee their channel and look elsewhere to hear the same facts again and again.

Adrian
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From:specificocean
Date:April 14th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
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I think you may be right about that. hich means that lots of OTHER news is studiously ignored.
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