Friday, October 16, 2009

Hot Air


If you're a half-intelligent viewer and you want a flawless example of how cable news organizations on the whole haven't just let you down, they've honest-to-Christ abandoned you, look no further than yesterday's wall-to-wall coverage of that patently ridiculous "balloon boy" story.

Much to her credit, Arianna Huffington hammered the hell out of MSNBC's Ed Schultz last night for his role in blowing a really stupid, thoroughly contrived reality TV-esque item way out of proportion.

The Huffington Post: A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To Talk About Afghanistan/10.15.09

11 comments:

ntx said...

If a boy stows away in backyard science experiment and then falls to a horrible death, reminding people of the immense responsibility and terrible anxiety of parenting, then you've got a news story.

If a backyard science experiment floats away and the kid hides in the attic, then you've got a time out.

Chez said...

And the comment of the week goes to ntx. : )

Web Dunce said...

With all due respect, Huffington's "Joe Biden Should Resign" ploy for attention was also a non-news issue. That was simply her opinion headlined in such a way as to garner the most internet hits. Pretty pathetic and unnecessary. And although Ed probably didn't need to devote the time he did to the balloon story, I have to say that I was so relieved to hear that the boy was safe. My nephew is 5, and I could totally see him attempting to "fly away" in a fantasy contraption invented by his dad. I was glued to the tv filled with worry and hope throughout the day. I know. Get a life. Right?

kanye said...

No Robyn Hitchcock video? Man, I thought for sure.

Chez said...

I agree completely with your assessment of Arianna's Joe Biden screamer of a headline yesterday, Web. It was over-the-top and designed to generate controversy (which it did). I'm also more than willing to concede that Arianna being irked with the coverage of balloon boy probably stemmed from her personally feeling slighted that something had knocked her out of the crow's nest. That said, her take on the balloon boy nonsense was still dead-on.

em said...

Nothing to say about the balloon thing, except my friend noted, "If that kid were black, no one would have given a sh!t."

Love the new pic too, Chez. Too bad you weren't holding up a copy of an Andy Warhol book in it, a la Meghan McCain.

Marsupialus said...

And the coverage went on and on and on. The TV at my gym was on CNN and from 6-8PM they were still talking about it. Painful to watch Wolfie interview the father. Have some dignity man!

hollygirl78 said...

The word now is that the Heene family has been shopping a Reality TV show about themselves around. It was all a fucking publicity stunt.

That family just punk'd the whole country. What. The. Fuck.

toastie said...

I felt sorry for Ed when I watched that exchange last night. He constantly gloats on his radio show that he gets to decide what gets discussed on his MSNBC show, and how he's gotten MSNBC to devote more time to the health care debate. He looked like he was being forced to sell shamwows last night. I'm glad Arianna called him out on it.

drater said...

I for one would like to thank CNN and the rest of the media for alerting the American public to the dangers that large balloons pose to our children. The fact that there hasn't been a single child-balloon fatality since this story ran proves how effectively they're doing their jobs.

Thank you, American media, thank you.

And nice job covering that Iraq-WMD story too.

Kevin Davis said...

If you're referring to the post-event coverage, I agree. But as my news director would argue, "What are we supposed to do, ignore the story until it's over?"