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Archive for the 'CNN-isms' Category

CNN-isms: I know you dii’nt

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Love this shot of Bush on MSNBC’s home page:

Bush Korea

CNN-isms: Boiling Rice, Pt. Deux

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

This is funny… CNN is really incapable of showing a non-evil picture of Condoleezza Rice. After Clinton’s meltdown on Fox News, it’s ironic that they show him here looking confident, and Rice looking like somebody just slapped her mama.

Rice: We're at least as aggressive as Clinton

CNN-isms: Boiling Rice

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The lack of taste that CNN expresses in choosing appropriate images for its stories amazes me, such as this one posted yesterday on the World News front page:

CNN-ism: Rice Hopeful of Ceasefire 'this week'

“Completely Underwater”

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

I finally just heard from my half-sister. She and her family are okay. They’re staying with my half-brother and his family around Dupont, LA. All of their phones were out, so she couldn’t call us. She sent my sister an email letting us know she was okay.

She’s already got work (albeit temporary, for the moment) in the area that she’s staying now, and doesn’t plan on going back to New Orleans. She says that she’s got a few leads on some places to rent or buy there in the area.

What was more interesting was her personal description of the events in her area. From her email:

Our area is completely underwater. I lost the jeep and Bruce lost his eclipse. Oh well that is what insurance is for. We have all ready applied for FEMA and we are waiting to hear from them at this time. We just watched some video from our area and it is horrible. It is much worse than what is being shown on the tv. There are riots starting out is our area. We got this info from some people that just got out of Chalmette.

“New Orleans Faces Certain Death!!!! … click here for free video”

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

I really dislike the media, sometimes worse than others. CNN has really disappointed me over the past 24 hours in their coverage of the hurricane striking Louisiana and Mississippi. It seems like the only thing that is important is sensationalizing the entire affair. I understand that they get greater ratings (and paydays) by maintaining viewership during crisis situations, but then you have headlines like this:

  • “Man wanders New Orleans, lost, after his his wife was killed when she was torn from his grasp as their home split in half…. click here to view video”
  • “And the unfortunate thing is, we don’t know how many fatalities there are.”
  • “The latest storm video… The aftermath… Plus, your stories and photos. Now at”
  • “Meanwhile, in Baghdad, members of one Louisiana National Guard unit in its last week of deployment are just now learning that they don’t have homes to come back to.”
  • “A wife’s desperate journey with her husband’s corpse”
  • “An old man in a chaise lounge lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him.”
  • “In some areas, gun-toting citizens took to the streets to try to restore order.”
  • “New Orleans resembled a war zone more than a modern American metropolis on Tuesday”
  • “The Superdome is taking on water

The Superdome is taking on water? That makes it sound like the thing was a ship going down at sea! The truth is: a small, two-meter hole formed in the roof and drenching rain came in. The quote before that? Tastelessly used in a rapidly produced commercial with the tagline “When the weather is the news, trust CNN.”*

I mean, come on… that’s neither helpful nor informative. That said, sadly I’m sitting here watching, guess what? CNN.

For a bit of attention to the actual event, it looked like things were actually improving for the city: the hurricane turned slightly to the east right before it hit the coast, sparing New Orleans from the worst. The storm passed, and they were still in the progress of determining the damage when several of the pumps failed and the levees broke in two locations. Right now, they’re predicting it to get worse before it gets better, and one option that I just heard them discuss was using cruise ships to help evacuate the refugees.

An unfortunate thing is that my half-sister, Tami, lives in Westwego, just outside of New Orleans, and we haven’t heard from her since before the weekend. They showed some scenes from Westwego, and there wasn’t much left: just the tops of roofs sticking above the flood waters. I realize the odds are decidedly in her favor of making it through unscathed, but it would be nice if we could get in touch with her.

*Closed captioning sponsored in part by FREEDhEMâ„¢, the only one application hemoroidal cream.