I Understand the Obsession

Long, long ago, a little known spot on the body journalistic happened upon a new World War in the making. Powered by such luminaries as Peter Arnett and Christiane Amanpour, the world populace was informed of the goings-on of a then little-known patch of the world known as Iraq. Fast-forward what seems like a hundred years and you will find a smoldering shell of tear-inducing toxins presented by the comically dim (and pornstar-named) Wolf Blitzer. This enterprise has reached the point where any group of reasonably intelligent, college educated people could outperform the entire cast (i.e. non-technical personnel) of CNN in presenting a greatly superior product. You could limit their instructions to 1) require strong evidence for reporting, and 2) discard ridiculous bullshit.

… but I digress…

We all want to know what happened to, say, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But this craving for news won’t be sated with the fluff and bullshit proffered by CNN’s clown show. While they do not intend to mislead (see propaganda organization Fox News), they must be aware that any “reporting” done on this subject is as substantial as cotton candy (and equally nourishing). If they were interested in real reporting, they would add minor updates to a piece covering all known details. They would not elevate each crackpot theory that comes along to headline “BREAKING NEWS”.

By marc

I am a scientist interested in laser safety, modeling and simulation, and statistics. I speak some Spanish, German, and Chinese.