Posted April 3, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
– John Swinton (1830-1901) Editor, New York Sun
Television has been called “The Vast Wasteland”. Certainly many men and women reading this have noticed CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of disappeared Malaysia Flight 370. The amount of air-time CNN has devoted to the story has to have broken some type of television news records. After a few days one thought that they would have resumed normal coverage of world events. But Flight 370 has gone on and on and on at CNN. There must be people out there who are asking themselves why the corporation has decided to cover this story for such an excruciatingly long, overly concentrated time. The Daily Show with John Stewart did a piece the other night about CNN’s coverage. The way the company has decided to devote so much time and resources to such an extraordinary, prolonged, triviality-laden series of TV journalism broadcasts makes people think about why.
There are important events occurring on this Earth.
However, for their record-breaking, ceaseless, persistent, tireless, enduring, indefatigable, tenacious, steadfast, continuous reporting on Malaysia Flight 370 we present this musical tribute to CNN.
A classic, essential case study for the journalism textbooks.
One for the record books.
(Thanks to Simen Fjellstad at YouTube)