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Instant nation-wide news makes every local story a national

by Ziks511 / October 20, 2006 5:49 AM PDT

one. A boat fire just off the coast of Florida became an instant news sensation this afternoon with CNN and MSNBC and a couple of other news channels covering it like it was OJ in the white Ford Bronco. The woman piloting the boat, and her two children were taken to safety in plenty of time, but the boat burned to the waterline. Multiple views from at least one and possibly more helicopters helped with the visuals.

In former years this would have been a story for the local paper, and probably the inside pages of a weekly paper not a daily, but now it's news 24 hours a day, anything can be used to fill in time, and keep us all on the edge of our seats.

Personally, I find myself shaking my aging, balding head more and more over what passes for news these days. I blame the British for starting this pandering to the lower classes back in the 19th century with the introduction of circulation wars in the popular press. Now Rupert Murdoch (Australian) has introduced it to American TV via FoxNews.


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Pandering to the lower classes?
by Evie / October 20, 2006 5:57 AM PDT

WOW! This coming from someone who reads websites entitled smirking chimp and written by Ed Nahahahahaha??

And ... ummmmm ... CNN and MSNBC predated FNC (though the latter not by much)

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by dirtyrich / October 20, 2006 9:06 AM PDT

"Now Rupert Murdoch (Australian) has introduced it to American TV via FoxNews."

Not sure what hole you lived in before, but both CNN and MSNBC were on the air before FoxNews, and offered much of the same news as they do now. One could take this even further back to the networks, for the expansion from a half hour each of local and national to multiple programs throughout the day. It's progress... if you want to blame someone, then blame Gutenberg.

I do agree that the quality of news has declined, but again, this trend goes back to the journalistic mantra of "If it bleeds, it leads," which has long tainted our media.

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Completely disagree with your "theory"
by duckman / October 20, 2006 9:11 AM PDT

I have never liked the 24 hour newscycle. Agreed that far too many local stories are national. I for one choose NOT to watch TV news anyhoo. I made the mistake of stopping on MSNBC several days ago and the banner on the botom said "BREAKING NEWS !!" Bush dedicates Air Force Memorial Breaking news???

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