News Reporting Has Become a Popularity Contest

I’m so over watching CNN – they beat a news to death without ever having complete information. I’m watching the coverage of the crashing of Germanwings flight 9525. CNN is covering the reaction of the NY Times report that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit and desperately trying to get back in (as per a “leak” of the voice recording) and it’s about as half assed as it can be. Maybe its true, chances are its all blown out of proportion and CNN anchor, Don Lemon, is going on and on about it with a HUGE panel where half of em don’t even want to discuss it stating “we don’t have complete information, if any correct information at all’. They are clearly not wanting to jump to conclusions and want to allow the investigators to do the job, but of course, Don Lemon is relentless about it. I get it, it’s his “job” because that’s what the network wants him to do, but after ALL the false reporting when MH370 disappeared, you’d think CNN would try and change their ways a little bit. ABSURD!

It should be said that Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, has said that they do not have any information from the officials investigating the crash to corroborate the reporting of NY Times, although they will follow up on it. 

I’m complaining about CNN but something tells me all the other networks covering the same news is probably doing something similar. News reporting has just become incredibly unreliable and such a competitiveness for “who said it first” that they don’t even care if they are reporting facts or fiction anymore.

What are your thoughts on all the premature reporting news channels do these days? Do you feel that it’s always been like that? Do you think there’s anything wrong with it – news is news? Or do you think news channels have a responsibility to report facts and not just here say?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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