CNN once again showing the world why they’re the preeminent news network in America with brilliant analysis and riveting coverage of the ‘Celebrity Hacking Scandal.’ Their major discoveries include:
-“This 4chan” is indeed a person, more than likely male, possible network administrator.
-EVERYONE takes nude photos of themselves with their smartphone and shares them with people. Duh!
-‘Hacking’ is indeed illegal.
CNN Technology Analyst, Brett Larson also provides some sound advice about how we can prevent this from happening to us:
-“You absa-, absa-, absolutely have to have good passwords.”
-If your password is “password,” Larson recommends changing “changing the ‘s’ to a dollar sign.”
-For the record: Brett Larson isn’t “laughing because it’s funny, it’s sad.”
… Don’t worry Brett Larson, we’re laughing as well— at you.
Brett- Rule #1 of Broadcast Journalism: before you go on the air and talk about a story (you clearly aren’t qualified to cover), you might want to read up a little on the story you’re about to discuss instead of talking out of your ass for two and a half minutes. When (literally) almost everything that comes out of your mouth is factually incorrect, there’s a good chance somebody’s going to notice at least a discrepancy or two or three. Always assume your audience isn’t as empty-headed as you are Brett.
All kidding and sarcasm aside: the state of television network news in the U.S. has gone from bad to worse over the past couple years. The increasing prevalence and emphasis on the ‘24-hour news cycle
' in news broadcasting is the primary perpetrator for this tremendous decline in overall journalistic standards. So much so, factual errors in stories on major network news channels like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are so commonplace they aren't even acknowledged. They make no effort to release factual corrections or omissions—a practice that's commonplace with almost every print journalism publication in the world.
Its been over two days since this broadcast originally aired, despite the considerable amount of negative attention this story has garnered CNN on the internet and in other media outlets—neither CNN or Brett Larson has released an apology, much less any kind of redaction or factual correction regard (in all fairness, Brett Larson did take some time out of his busy day to share his thoughts about Joan Rivers in a couple of tweet today—thanks for that Brett!). If that’s not an indicator of how little CNN values journalistic integrity, high journalistic standards or for that matter, it’s viewers—I’m not sure what is? Don’t worry though: viewer’s are increasingly aware and tired of their lackadaisical approach towards journalistic quality and standards in the content they put out. As a result, more and more people are finding new and better mediums to get their information outside of television news channels. Ratings and revenues at CNN continue to slip to the lowest numbers seen in years. They still don’t seem to care though—so why should we?