When the heart-stopping blue and white BREAKING NEWS banner flashed across the screen on CNN we knew it was bad. Very bad. A president was shot. A dam had burst. A war had started.
From the reading of O.J. Simpson’s verdict to John King and his “Magic Political Map,” millions of us relied on CNN to give us the news the minute it broke.
So what happened, CNN?
In a world where something earth-shattering is happening at any given moment, CNN has become the station of filler. In recent months I’ve watched numbingly as the CNN talking heads have blathered on and on ad nauseam about, well, nothing. Obviously it all came to a head with the relentless reporting of the missing Malaysian passenger jet.
Day after day, CNN has been carpeting its coverage of the tragedy with hours of non-news. There has been little, if anything, to report on this missing plane and yet CNN has refused to take it off its lead story list. I try to watch the anchors seriously dissecting this story with absolutely no new information. For days. They trot out experts who hold up little plane models to describe what might have happened. They bring in analysts who talk about ocean currents, and underwater “pings,” and they explore the background profiles of the doomed pilots.
In essence, this “permanent” BREAKING NEWS story is anything but breaking news.
Let’s face it. The real breaking news will be when the plane is found. Until then, CNN has refused to move on to other major stories. I just can’t take it anymore. I used to love BREAKING NEWS on CNN. Now, well, it is just plain boring.
And so, after diligently being a CNN fan for almost 35 years, I too must move on. I cannot watch the filler anymore. Maybe when the plane is found I will return home to CNN. But not now.