I have been ranting my dislike of CNN for years...decades even, and others seem to notice, such as The Daily Show my current favorite humorist.
As I do most mornings, I turned on the television to learn if the world still exists or if anything exciting has happened. This morning, I discovered that there had been some excitement in Boston and that the story was in progress. It was interesting to watch the media acting in a fast-moving news story...
CNN has footage of a suspect being arrested, which Fox does not have. They claim that he could be “Suspect Nr. 1” from the Boston bombing.
Soon afterwards, Fox reports that “Suspect Nr. 1” has been shot and has died in a hospital.
Later, CNN shows a police press conference; Fox is still showing old footage. Five minutes later, Fox found out about the conference.
Sky News (UK affiliate of Fox) has eye-witness reports that neither US network has.
Obviously, networks do not listen to each other or ignore what the see and hear (and affiliates do not communicate or share).
Now, it is twelve hours later. I have noticed television screens, off and on, throughout the day. I feel sorry for talking heads, who were forced to talk all day with little new information. Repetition was the only alternative. The only new information I learned was the names of the suspects.
People that do not know the United States will surely be surprised to see the amount of police personnel and level of equipment on display. Boston looks like a war zone, and these people are all on the payroll of taxpayers. I wonder what they do while waiting for such an exciting use of their time...
I have been a non-fan of CNN for years. Besides not covering the news very well, the channel spends more time promoting themselves than doing what they are supposed to do: report the news. If one spends much time in foreign countries with little choice in television programming, one tends to switch off CNN a lot.
There is little wonder that The Daily Show mocks this channel (whereas it respects, but loathes Fox News). They deserve any and all ridicule. The below bit from Non Sequitur proves the point.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.