Breaking WTF

I got this CNN Breaking News alert emailed to me earlier today:

The doctor currently in charge of Gabrielle Giffords’ neurological recovery, the man who’s had his very hands in Giffords’ brain, was once mistaken for a kung fu expert.

While I suppose that’s ever-so-mildly amusing, it’s hardly news. Much less breaking news.

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  1. My favorite breaking news story occurred several years back, when a local Los Angeles television station had someone live on-scene in Santa Barbara, California, to report that Linda McCartney did NOT die in Santa Barbara, but in Arizona.

  2. John Peabody says:

    I turned off my CNN Breaking News tweets when they started giving me Wimbledon scores. I suppose the proper way to do these things is estimate how your opinion of ‘breaking news’ is. It’s the old story– they have to fill up the news ‘pages’, whether there’s anything newsworthy or not. IMO, a breaking news event is something that occurs maybe…. I dunno, three or four times a month.’

  3. epistorese says:

    Three or four times a month? You have a much greater “need to know” than I do. Once a year ……………maybe………………………..

  4. G.A.Phillips says:

    lol, good post. I prefer FTJ, but I fall asleep to Transformers 2 every night:)

  5. Tony g says:

    Then posting this story is even less news worthy, and really.
    Who cares?