On One Hand

June 15, 2009

Cable Network Website Screenshot Comparison

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 11:13 am
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It is near noon on Monday, June 15, 2009. President Obama has just finished addressing the American Medical Association calling for healthcare reform. Iran is boiling over as reformists spill onto the streets protesting suspicious election results giving incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 63 percent of the vote. Early word indicates that some protesters have been killed by police.

Here’s how the networks have the news of the day:



  1. 24-Hour News Channels might be the worst indicator of what the media is doing. Or, at least, as indicative of the media as a whole. CNN didn’t even have front-page coverage of the Iranian election dispute until yesterday.

    Comment by erichowens — June 15, 2009 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

    • since when do “the media” (plural) act in unison? And with most major newspapers in the country now running wire stories or on the verge of bankruptcy – they’re just about the only national media we have left. Unless you include blogs.

      Thats why we call it the media instead of the medium.

      Comment by ononehand — June 15, 2009 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

      • I don’t think I claimed they did. Or even claimed that you did. I was talking, and acknowledging that the cable network sites operated in a fundamentally different way from even other MSM outlets.

        And, yes, it’s plural. Good job.

        Comment by erichowens — June 15, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

      • But the important question here is did you lol.

        Comment by ononehand — June 15, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

      • Do you listen to WNYC’s “On the Media”? I catch the podcast. It’s great at navel-gazing on these exact questions. I think you’d like it.

        I’m pretty curious as to how storied institutions like the New York Times will figure out how to monetize their online expansions. It (i.e., the NYTimes) is still my number one go-to destination when it comes to Big Stories, but Economist’s Democracy In America blog, Andrew Sullivan, even Gawker– these tend to do better for contextual analysis or rapidfire updates.

        Comment by erichowens — June 15, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

  2. Because of this post I’m going to from now on refer to rioters as reformists.

    Comment by tehgilligan — June 17, 2009 @ 1:40 am | Reply

    • I guess it depends on whether or not their political motivations are reform. When a bunch of undergraduates at CU rioted 5 years ago after cops busted a block party, that would have been a poorer definition than “belligerently drunk students.”

      But anyway, I’m not just referring to the riots, I’m including the demonstrations as well…

      Comment by ononehand — June 17, 2009 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

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