Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Onion Mocks CNN's Miley Cyrus Coverage

CNN has been providing gavel to gavel coverage of Miley Cyrus's MTV VMA performance. The Onion has decided to parody CNN's dedication to garbage news stories.

It’s a good question. And the answer is pretty simple. It was an attempt to get you to click on CNN.com so that we could drive up our web traffic, which in turn would allow us to increase our advertising revenue.

There was nothing, and I mean nothing, about that story that related to the important news of the day, the chronicling of significant human events, or the idea that journalism itself can be a force for positive change in the world. For Christ’s sake, there was an accompanying story with the headline “Miley’s Shocking Moves.” In fact, putting that story front and center was actually doing, if anything, a disservice to the public. And come to think of it, probably a disservice to the hundreds of thousands of people dying in Syria, those suffering from the current unrest in Egypt, or, hell, even people who just wanted to read about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

I immediately checked Youtube and knew that the most pathetic excuse for a progressive news how would cover the Miley Cyrus non-news story to troll for Youtube traffic. I was not disappointed.

Can we stop pretending that the Young Turks is a serious progressive news show?

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