Thursday, July 13, 2006

And Now, The News...

A quick scan of the network and cable channels this morning would have given you astonishing insight into not only the world around you, but the news business itself.

Just about every network was breathlessly touting its coverage of the "Breaking News" coming out of the Middle-East.

Israel had attacked Hezbollah. Hezbollah had attacked Israel. Now, stop me if you've heard this one before.

I realize that a fresh outbreak of violence anywhere constitutes legitimate news, but something has always rubbed me the wrong way about the ubiquitous application of the "Breaking News" tag.

If something has been occurring for, oh say, the past 2000 fucking years -- like the Arabs and Jews waging war -- doesn't it kind of forfeit its ability to surprise news departments into calling it "Breaking?"


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Sarah said...

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