Breaking News Fail…or How Twitter Became My Source of Real News

How does the saying go?  “I’ve got a dog in this fight”?  My daughter is smack dab at the south end of the landfall of Hurricane Sandy in Washington D.C.  The good news is so far so good…she is safe.  The bad news is tonight is the death of traditional television breaking news coverage as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve been keeping tabs on my college freshman in DC today/tonight via text and phone calls.  But I also wanted to get some objective analysis of the storm and how it might affect…oh, I don’t know…her LIFE.  What I found was what I knew I would find on CNN:

  • Ali Velshi foolishly standing waist deep in water in Atlantic City
  • Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper attempting to moderate live broadcasts outside in the storm.  Cooper attempts to do an interview with the Governor of New Jersey while he is battered by winds and rain…sophomoric sensationalism at best.
  • Ashley Banfield patting herself on the back for not erroneously reporting the NYSE was underwater while her employer had been doing just that for the previous hour.

It’s amateur hour at the networks folks.  Who can put on the most dramatic live shot?  Who can break the news faster? Who can look more macho/sexy weathering the storm?  What the fuck does this have to do with informing me?  How the hell does this help me understand the potential danger my daughter may be in?

Twitter came through tonight.  It was my source for the most accurate links to the truth.  Yes, it will always contain unsubstantiated reporting, but it also contained the most timely and accurate NEWS.  And that’s what I wanted…news…information.  I didn’t want to see millionaire reporters acting like idiots.

Thank God for the internet.  I can’t imagine a world where my only source of breaking information was television.  If Edward R. Murrow was alive today…well, he would probably be homeless…not sexy enough for T.V…too many pesky facts.

Maybe it will stop when Anderson or Ali or some other fame hungry moron is decapitated on live T.V. by a sharp piece of building facade but, sadly, I know that would only increase ratings and martyr the idiots…

About Conversations With The Moon

Divorced father of two amazing young adults. College student, plodding away at a liberal arts degree. Formerly a Fire Captain and Paramedic. Dabbler in fashion. Liberal. Believer in Karma. View all posts by Conversations With The Moon

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