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)
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.