So, I have a question for you, CNN.
When did the news become 24 hour coverage of one story?
Lately it seems that if there is going to be a snowstorm, CNN will spend seven straight days looking at radar, talking to local people (“Well, yes, Anderson, it does kinda suck to be neck deep in the white stuff.”), and breathlessly analyzing wind speeds. Its as if the entire world comes to a screeching halt at the threat of some bad weather.
And if there is a major news event, you can forget about everything else for a week, even the weather! No mere storm could hold CNN’s attention once Mr. Putin marched into Ukraine. For days on end, no matter when I turned on the TV (and as an insomniac, believe me, I watch at some very weird times), the entire network was focused on Ukrainian history, Ukrainian politics, Ukrainian songs, Ukrainian artists. We saw endless footage of people singing folk songs in the square in Kiev. We heard from every retired military expert that Ted Turner could drag out of mothballs. CNN was breathlessly warning us about the “powderkeg” that threatened us all, reminding us over and over that the Boston Marathon bombers were from that general part of the world. Sort of. Roughly. Keeping us glued to our sets with whispers of possible terrorist threats arising from the Russian annexation of the Crimea.
Never mind the fact that three days earlier, virtually no one in the US could have even found the Crimean Peninsula on a map. It was all Ukraine, all day, every minute of every hour.
Until the giant plane fell out of the sky.
Now, it would seem, all is well in the Crimea and peace once again reigns. I have been watching CNN in mesmerized fascination, wondering where all those semi-disguised Russian soldiers have suddenly gone. The headlines, the top stories and the newscasts that have followed are all about the missing jet. No Russians, no threats, no singing Ukrainian nationalists. No terrorists.
Unless you count the ones that CNN is convinced have brought down the plane.
What a strange phenomenon!