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CNN Runs False iReport That Incoming Asteroid May End Life On Planet

cnn.asteroidWhoops. This hoax will likely be an extinction-level event for whatever editor was asleep at the wheel over the long weekend.

The message is clear enough. It’s not a nice thing to contemplate the first day back at work after a three-day holiday weekend, but the good news is that it looks like the only impact story here is the fact that the cable news network has slammed the Earth with an enormous bolide of B.S.

The post is from iReports, which is apparently an experiment in citizen journalism. CNN lets random people with no qualifications post stories under the CNN banner. The asteroid scare illustrates the hazard of this approach.

Apparently ireporters don’t need to reveal their names. The asteroid report’s author has called himself, or herself, Marcus575. The story says the giant asteroid was spotted by a project called the Near-Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), which really exists.

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Why the Media is More Racist than Cliven Bundy | Weapons of Mass Distraction

Abby Martin calls out the corporate media’s incessant coverage of the Cliven Bundy Ranch story, whilst ignoring other important newsworthy issues such as record drone strikes in Yemen, the kidnapping of 230 Nigerian girls and the end of ‘net neutrality’.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Asks Whether Malaysian Flight 370 May Have Disappeared Into An Inter-Dimensional Wormhole

With conventional, rational methods of investigation still coming up short, is it time to consider the paranormal in regards to the baffling disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? A few days ago anchor Don Lemon queried a CNN panel of experts as to whether a black hole (by which he presumably meant a wormhole) may be the only explanation crazy enough to somehow make sense. Via Mediaite:
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‘Selfies’ Are Spreading Lice, According to CNN

CNN reports that the practice of taking selfies, photos in which a person uses his or her phone’s camera to take a picture of themselves and friends (usually crowded in closely), is spreading head lice. What do you think, Disinfonauts? Credible or more ridiculous scaremongering from this increasingly irrelevant media giant? Why lice? Why not the flu or head colds? Is it that the louse “ick” factor is more likely to – ahem – turn heads?

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Luke Rudkowski Talks to Piers Morgan about Conspiracies

In this video Luke Rudkowski randomly sees CNN’s Piers Morgan walking down the street in NYC and decides to do an impromptu interview.

The interview starts off on an interesting note when conspiracies are brought up and Piers with his staff decide to make jokes instead of addressing serious conspiracies like the Gulf of Tonkin. Piers in this video refuses to acknowledge any historical conspiracies and decides to divert the conversation.

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Why Fox News is Less to Blame for Polarized Politics than You Think

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American pundits spend a good deal of their time pondering partisan intensity, and how it has sharply increased over the years. At some point in such discussions, it is traditional to note that the sorting of America into ever-more flinty conservatives and ever-more liberal progressives has coincided with the rise of cable television and the internet. The problem, it is asserted, is that too many Americans consume their news from inside an echo chamber that reflects their existing prejudices. Oh, for the time when the nation settled down around the TV to watch the network news from Walter Cronkite and his peers, who delivered a broadly centrist diet of news from home and abroad in a tone of take-your-medicine seriousness.

Some of that hand-wringing is to the point. Attend Republican or Democratic campaign rallies, and you certainly hear the same talking points from many activists there, and many of those soundbites and factoids come from cable, talk radio and the same handful of partisan blogs.

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Car Crash TV: Piers Morgan Versus Alex Jones

CNN's ratings have been truly terrible in the last few years, so recently parent company Time Warner decided to make NBC reject Jeff Zucker the new head of the network, presumably to bring back the crowds. Whether or not it was Zucker who decided that the answer to the network's boring programming was to invite Texas radio host Alex Jones onto Piers Morgan's evening show I don't know, but it certainly made for some compelling viewing. Who do you think came off worst?
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