The Daily Show On CNN’s “Wrongnado”

Last night The Daily Show did an excellent take down of CNN’s absurd coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting throughout the day on Monday:

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  1. al-Ameda says:

    Last night’s take down of CNN for the DC coverage was terrific. I find that The Daily Show and the Bill Maher’s show are consistently the best sources of media review and criticism going on right now. Sadly (or is it happily?) there is so much raw material for them to use, it’s almost like shooting fish in a barrel.

  2. Neil Hudelson says:

    It’s taken 5 years, but CNN has finally taken the place of the Bush Admin as an unending source of Daily Show gold.

  3. grumpy realist says:

    Remember when CNN was the place to go for actual news? What happened?

    It’s almost as if all of their brains were eaten by zombies. Now it’s nothing more than an overly expensive and flamboyant way of playing “pass the latest rumour around”.

  4. John Burgess says:

    Use declarative sentences and seem like you’re on top of things and people think you’re on top of things.

    Use qualified statements and note the indecisive nature of breaking events and people think you’re indecisive and don’t actually know anything.

    People want certainty. CNN offers fake certainty. But its pretense is enough to draw eyeballs and advertising dollars.

  5. @grumpy realist:

    It’s almost as if all of their brains were eaten by zombies. Now it’s nothing more than an overly expensive and flamboyant way of playing “pass the latest rumour around”.

    Blame the viewing public. As the one CNN guy noted, as bad as their Boston coverage was, their ratings since then have never been higher. They’re giving us crappy news because apparently most of the public prefers crappy news.

  6. Press Watch says:

    All true – CNN is going NUTS!

  7. Barry says:

    @Stormy Dragon: “Blame the viewing public. As the one CNN guy noted, as bad as their Boston coverage was, their ratings since then have never been higher. They’re giving us crappy news because apparently most of the public prefers crappy news. ”

    That’s not necessarily because the news was crappy, but because it was a major breaking story.

    Just because people eat what’s put in front of them doesn’t mean that the food was good; it could mean that they were hungry.

  8. dazedandconfused says:

    We were spoiled. There was a temporary situation of independent journalism for a time, there were only three major TV networks and they could afford not to give a damn if those small time-slots lost money. The major news papers funded their journalism with classified ad money.

    Zucker was tasked with making the shareholders as happy as FOX shareholders are…

  9. bill says:

    he could have thrown the nyt’s and the ny daily news in for claiming an ar-15 was used (or in the nyt’s case, that he was denied access to one due to state laws- which was false)
    heck, the daily news just let lupica’s column go on, even though it was determined that it was a shotgun.
    on another note- were any of the victims black? or white hispanics? was it a “hate crime”? and who really cares anyway, it wasn’t your “typical” shooter and it’s just not sexy.
    not much on the pattern of mass shooters being on psychoactive drugs either, are they all afraid of big pharma? and why do our laws protect these insane freaks and allow them to do this kind of stuff? we all know the answer though- right?