I’ve gone on and on about how modern mainstream news media is more or less a chunk of rancid shit, but here’s just one more example for you in case you haven’t heard it enough from me yet.
Yesterday I woke up and, considering that I was out of town on Sunday, decided to catch up on the news. Now considering how I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than use CNN as a source for anything, I checked the BBC News app on my phone, only to discover that there was a god damned climate change rally in DC over the weekend that I didn’t know about.
Now I’m not going to go into the intricacies of the whole climate change thing except to say that the rally was to protest the new Mega Super Fuck You Sized Alaskan Oil Pipeline that may end up going in soon. Proponents of the pipeline say that it could help gain energy independence for the US in a big way by scaling back the amount of oil we import by a significant amount, and you can’t argue that’s not a great geopolitical goal, what with the instability in the Middle East. However, more oil production means more carbon emissions, more pollution, and eventually a quicker road towards climate change, so we could actually be fucking ourselves in opening this new pipeline if we go through with it.
This seems like a pretty important issue, doesn’t it? Well, I thought so; I was quite surprised that I’d seen nothing about it all day Sunday anywhere. In fact I even went to CNN, only to find that the top news story they were billing was the death of Mindy McCready, some country singer I’d never heard of. Apparently, the suicide of one woman is more newsworthy than anywhere from 35,000 to 50,000 people camping out on the National Mall and calling for a halt to the new pipeline. In fact, I found no trace of the climate change rally at all on the front page; I had to resort to news agencies like RT, BBC, and Reuters to find out more.
Now, I’m not trying to diminish the impact of Mindy McCready’s tragic suicide, but in the grand scheme of things it’s completely fucking irrelevant. The thought that CNN editors thought to promote that particular bit of non-news reeks of sensationalism and a willful disregard of real issues that actually matter. McCready’s death (an apparent suicide) is a personal tragedy that should be dealt with by close friends and family members; I don’t give a fuck what happened to this woman besides my initial “well that’s sad” reaction.
Where the fuck is CNN when your next-door neighbor or the kid you knew from high school dies tragically? I’ll tell you where – nowhere near it, as it doesn’t them as much ad revenue as something more sensational. Are you telling me that McCready is more important than John Doe because she’s famous and he’s not? Are 35,000 to 50,000 everyday Americans all raising their voice in protest being drowned out by the sound of one singer that can no longer sing?
There’s something seriously fucking wrong here when I have to go to a fucking foreign news agency to find out news about my own god damned country. Even now as I’m writing this, I had to use the search bar to find any coverage on the rally:
Yes, that screenshot does indeed showcase my incredulity by pointing out that, despite the fact that real news is happening both at home and around the globe right this very minute, the most popular stories on CNN right now are a fluff article on retirement dreams and the fact that Burger King’s Twitter page was hacked.
If I grind my teeth any harder my jaw is going to crack.