I’ve mentioned it before, but I was an MSNBC junkie. When even the smallest news-worthy event happened – usually something violent – John Gibson or whichever anchor was on-hand would stop whatever interview they were doing, they’d cut away with a Breaking News animation, and some new graphics would fly on screen to TL;DR us on the sitch. I thought it was incredibly interesting to watch, especially when I’d be tuned in for an entire afternoon at a time, but fifteen years later, I realize the necessity of the 24-hour news network is less and less as the internet brings us updates up to the minute, something we talked about on the last PRO SHO.
In the clip below, The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart gets to dine on CNN’s complete failure as a news agency. From their various gaffes to the anchors reporting about dogs parking – literally nothing but the status of dogs barking in their vicinity – we see how much pressure a network like CNN is under to be relevant when other networks are providing the exact same coverage. That doesn’t mean they should be providing it, though.