April 19, 2013

"BREAKING!" Most Revolting Headline of the Year to Date


Huffpo? Check. "Jaweed Kaleem?" Check and double check.Boston Bombing Suspects' Muslim Identity Provides Few Clues To Motivation For Bombing

Whenever I think I've come to the bottom of the media's ability to snorkel deep inside the holding tanks of overheated Port-O-Sans, I find there are always previously unseen depths where they lurk.

Think about it. Not only does some insect life form have to think up and write that headline, other insects have to review, approve, and put it up. At Huffpo it's nothing but cockroaches all the way down.

Elsewhere....BREAKING: Has The Word ‘Breaking’ Lost All Its Meaning?

WATERTOWN, MA—Citing exhaustive use of the word “breaking” to preface media coverage of today’s ongoing manhunt for one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, The Onion is now questioning whether the word “breaking” has lost all its meaning. According to sources, the word ‘breaking’ has been used over 4,000 times across a variety of media platforms in the past 24 hours and has been repeatedly used to categorize news items related to the Boston Marathon bomber suspect that are not, in fact, substantively different from earlier reports, and thus not truly “breaking” by any traditional definition of that term. Acknowledging that 700 separate “breaking” news bulletins have been published since the beginning of this breaking news article, The Onion continues to wonder whether this word can ever be taken seriously again.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 19, 2013 12:40 PM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

Doesn't stop at the headline. These two sentences were written in sequence:

"Social media accounts and interviews with friends point to both men being Muslims with an interest in Islamic insurgency movements in their homeland.

But the motives that led the men to the killings still remain unknown."

Posted by: Andy at April 19, 2013 1:05 PM

You're insulting the cockroaches...

Posted by: leelu at April 19, 2013 1:18 PM

"Whenever I think I've come to the bottom of the media's ability to snorkel deep inside the holding tanks of overheated Port-O-Sans, I find there are always previously unseen depths where they lurk."

Remember, when you don't think people can get any lower there is always someone with a pick ax and a shovel.

Posted by: Potsie at April 19, 2013 1:31 PM

Makes me feel like Winston Smith
And you know- the scariest thing about the New Totalitarians is that don't even have to suppress the truth. They don't even bother. Why, when the lie machine is ubiquitous, overwhelming, and entertaining to boot? The country is lost in a field of distraction, and it can't even be bothered with the fact that an entire religion is at war with it, and plans to fight, generation after generation to the death. To win.
Who cares? What's on cable?


Posted by: jwm at April 19, 2013 3:14 PM

Not "Breaking" but just an update. Why not *call* it an update?
I was someplace lately with a TV on in the background. I couldn't hear all they were saying, but they played the same video clips over and over and over again, with different talking heads (or maybe "reporters" or maybe just our Betters).
The anchor said "gee, the situation is 'A'" and the heads just kept repeating: "Yup, 'A' is what's going on" and "My sources say the situation is 'A' for sure." "It sure looks like there's an 'A' here." Over and over and over and over. And the same film clip (maybe 10-seconds of material) repeating over and over and over... As I lingered over my coffee, I think the same snippet of no-news information was repeated by a dozen different people. And in half an hour, I had exactly NO new information from what I had known previously.
"Breaking News" my butt.

Posted by: OldFert at April 19, 2013 4:54 PM

Simple answer here. Jaweed is one of them not one of us.

Posted by: glenn at April 20, 2013 8:49 AM