Nothing new to report – says every major news outlet

This image was doing the rounds on Twitter earlier (courtesy of Pictures for sad children ) and I think sums up the media coverage of Michael Jackson nicely.

This isn’t the place to debate the life and times of Michael Jackson and it’s sad to see such a musical icon pass away at the relatively young age of 50, but watching the news unfold has just been ridiculous.

We have a news channel on in the office and it’s been repeating the same news and lines all morning and I suspect it will continue to do so all day. Is nothing else happening today? I love the concept of 24 hour news channels but the problem is finding something new to say – at the moment I haven’t found out anything new since about 10 o’clock this morning. They recently dug out a pop-star for comment that hasn’t been around for years and was never that famous anyway. This is obviously the biggest story of the day but the idea of a 24 hour news channel is surely to report the news, not just one story on a loop. It’s still ‘breaking news’ for goodness sake.

Meanwhile 13 people have been killed in an explosion in Baghdad, not that it gets more than a mention an hour.

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2 Responses to Nothing new to report – says every major news outlet

  1. Anna says:

    What gets me is how sky news still have breaking news Michael Jackson is dead

  2. Ben Smith says:

    This is sort of an inherent problem with 24 hour news coverage though. Obviously any news outlet has to wrestle with the problem of what, out of all the stuff that ‘happens’, is genuinely interesting/important. But only 24 hour news has the capacity to drone on and on ad nauseam and generally suck the life out of a story.

    So when they do go overboard on the more lightweight stories at the expense of other ‘stuff’, like today, it does have a tendency to stick out as being a little crass.

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