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SNL spoofs CNN: Pregnancy test sends out countless irrelevant bulletins

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Whether we watch CNN, MSNBC, Fox, or the Big Three TV networks, we are often subjected to a constant stream of non-news, redundant reporting, irrelevant stories, inane bulletins, anchors and commentators with nothing new to say, repetitive clips, video packages, you name it.

I rarely watch CNN any more, but I do keep an eye out for interesting tweets on the Twitter Machine. And guess what? The tweets from people and organizations I follow were filled with mockery and snark about CNN's incessant coverage of the horrific Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance.

Coverage of a major news story is one thing, red herrings and extraneous filler are quite another. It was hard to avoid the multitude of tweets noting how CNN devoted twenty-four hours a day (or so it seemed) to one story, even when there was nothing to report.

Ocean footage is not news.

CNN was clearly aware of the social media reaction. Well, Jake Tapper was, anyway. When I retweeted Jacki Schechner (@JackiSchechner), about it, he popped into our thread to inform us that CNN, as we speak, was airing a report about something else. Hey, if you have to interject that your network has taken a hiatus from their fixation on one story, then maybe the criticism is valid.

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That's an order! One that I didn't obey.

If only news networks would become, you know, news networks, instead of commercialized, ratings-centric infotainment feeds.

And with that, here is Saturday Night Live's "commercial" spoofing news media coverage generally and CNN specifically. They nailed it:

BREAKING: CNN more confident than ever that it will soon know if you’re pregnant,” read one alert from the test, in between updates about Oscar Pistorius removing his legs in court and Kesha. Ultimately, we learned nothing from the pregnancy test...

H/t: Mediaite

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Friday Links

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CNN's Don Lemon Asks Whether A 'Black Hole' Swallowed Malaysian Plane (VIDEO)

Nine killed in Kabul hotel gun attack

Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

Twitter Hints That At-Replies And Hashtags Are About To Be Streamlined

Paul Ryan Tours the 'Inner City' (Cartoon)

The Winchester Mystery House Could Host Sleepovers

Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

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Saturday Links

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The Making of the Oscar Statue

Hair Ad in Subway Reacts to Incoming Trains

Republican Says He Won't Vote for Mississippi's 'License to Discriminate' Bill 

CNN Commentator Calls Ken Cuccinelli a Homophobe to his Face

Conservative Pundits Lose It Over Veto of Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill

Florida Offers a Case Study of How ‘Unintended Consequences’ Can Lead to Poverty

AP: Democrat Travis Childers is entering race for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's seat

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Sunday Links

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Homeless Man South Carolina - Credit: The Post and Courier

Homeless Man South Carolina - Credit: The Post and Courier

South Carolina Homelessness On the Rise
(from http://www.postandcourier.com/ June 26, 2013)

Being Homeless in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina, Might Be Against the Law
(from http://www.theatlanticcities.com/ - August 23, 2013)

This is a great article - written by Neil deGrasse Tyson:
America and the Emergent Space Powers
Plus there's interesting food for thought in this article on jobs:
This Week in the War on Workers: How 'Do What You Love' Does Us Wrong

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And then there's CNN. Wow, just wow...
From Daily Kos / the Guardian / the Financial Times:
"CNN recently hit a 20-year low in prime time ratings in the United States, attracting an average of just 78,000 viewers across the whole day and 98,000 in prime time."

Can this really be? 78,000 viewers across the whole day???

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Ann Coulter Proves Small Bang Theory -- She's Only A Particle Of (Doesn't) Matter

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Oh, it doesn't get more priceless than this. When someone is a parody of themselves, a drunk playing a drunk or a pothead playing a pothead, they often miss the subtleties of performance, and thus come across as fake. Not so with Ann Coulter. She's a fake playing a fake and does it with such aplomb that you want to give her a standing ovation.

You've heard of the Big Bang Theory? Well, it deals with atomic fusion and the creation of mass -- in Coulter's case, mess.  Here's definitive proof that there is a gene for insanity. If you want to watch particles, or morons collide -- check this out, Coulter and Piers Morgan. You won't be sorry.

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Sunday Talkers - Unemployment No Longer A Problem

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That's the amount of coverage the four largest Sunday talkers ("Fox News Sunday," ABC’s "This Week," NBC’s "Meet The Press," and CBS’ "Face The Nation")  gave to the crisis of the long term unemployment extension that ran out right after Christmas. From that , you can only draw one conclusion: unemployment is no longer a problem.

Who's going to break this joyous news to the 1.3  million unemployed who've had their benefits cut? Or the additional 3 million family members of this socio-economic formerly depressed group? Certainly not the public service shows whose responsibility it is to report and examine such pressing issues.

Last Sunday I took these chat fests to task over their not mentioning anything about the West Virginia water poisoning. This week they've gone to, as a member of Chris Christie's inner circle, David Waldman reported, "radio silence."

Fortunately, I was able to grab a screen shot of the CNN talker just before camera's began to roll. That's Candy Crowley on the right.

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To the defense of the talk shows, they did have a lot to cover. And certainly who can argue that the future of 4.5 million Americans potentially starving, living without heat or shelter could possibly be as important as Chris Christie possibly blocking the George Washington Bridge, Obama's allowing us to be spied on, Edward Snowden being accused by right wingers of working for the Russians, and Robert Gates' new book where he confesses to being a borderline alcoholic having to knock back a stiff one every night to deal with the pressures of his job?

Priorities are important. But where does the well-being of fellow Americans rate? Certainly on Sunday public service qualifying shows who have a responsibility by law to provide public service information, the plight of the long-term unemployment barrier is quite insignificant.

Or maybe the truth is that it's these shows that are not significant. You could make that argument easily based on what they fail to report, more than what they do cover.

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Video- Did Chris Christie misuse Sandy aid money?

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