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CNN’s ‘Breaking News’: We Probably Won’t Know Anything for a Long, Long Time

I hate to state the obvious, but words actually have specific meanings to them. Just because you call a photo someone else took of you a “selfie” doesn’t make it a selfie. It’s a photo. (So no, unless Lake Superior took a picture all by its lake-self, this does not qualify as a selfie.) The same applies to the phrase “breaking news.” You can’t just apply it to everything, it defeats the whole purpose of calling it “breaking news”; as in, news that is just breaking now, news that we weren’t previously aware of.

So for the love of God, someone explain to me how the following CNN chyron on Flight 370 in any way constitutes breaking news.

BREAKING NEWS: WHO THE F**K KNOWS WHEN THIS IS GOING TO END?!

Thank you again, cable news, for not really grasping the point of what it means for news to “break.” And I’m just gonna throw this out there, but it’s actually okay not to have the “breaking news” label attached to everything! Because BREAKING NEWS: not everything is breaking news!

Oh, and it wasn’t just the chyron, but they actually did a segment on how long the search could take. Watch the video below, via CNN:

[h/t Samir Mezrahi]

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