08 August 2005

Media stupidity

NBC just interrupted the ER rerun I was watching to give a live bulletin to announce that the planned interruption in a couple hours for the space shuttle landing was going to be cancelled, with in-depth reporting on why the space shuttle can't land in bad weather and what heavy rain means for the future of manned spaceflight. on the upside, they managed to not mention aruba or any celebrities. Three experts to tell the NBC reporter that sometimes rain causes delays.

Goe, wonders how stupid one has to be to run a network news organization.

2 comments:

Rachmeg said...

Lifted from Malkin...

Karen at The View From My Chair (via La Shawn Barber):

So this evening Norm and I are watching Law and Order - Criminal Intent on NBC. At roughly 10 minutes before the end of the program during the pivotal moment of the episode when they are about to get the accused to confess, the drama is interrupted with "This is a special report from NBC news." Living in a post-9/11 world these thoughts begin to race through my mind when a network show is interrupted with such an announcement:

1. Terrorists have attacked a major city in the United States.
2. The President or some other important leader of our nation has been assassinated.
3. A threat of terrorism, such as a dirty bomb, has been announced and will affect us immediately.
4. The space shuttle has crashed.
5. Some other such terrible tragedy that affects our country had occurred.

Instead, an NBC newsreader informs us that ABC news anchor Peter Jennings had died. Your heart stops pounding and you realize that the MSM (mainstream media) really believes the death of one of their own is so important that we must know it before the next commercial break or evening news report. Incredible

Rach - liked Jennings, although I stopped watching the T.V. news years ago.

Goemagog said...

we need a 'hard' news outlet.

Goe, tired of oprahfication.