Homo CNN Got It Wrong
posted by May 20 at 13:10 PMon
Before our fearless leader grabbed the network by the horns in this excellent appearance, wouldja believe CNN wrongly reported the gay marriage decision in California? How wrong? Well, see for yourself…
In case you can’t see the video: A news feed read for a “just in” segment says that the court affirmed that gay marriage is illegal in California. Then a legal analyst calls in to discuss the ruling based on faulty information she gets from the anchor.
1) Breaking news can be like that. Inaccurate, hazy, hasty. It was a 172-page decision from the court, and making a quick assessment of two-inches of bound legalese on live TV is hard if not impossible.
2) Fucking whatever about point #1. There’s no excuse for CNN to be caught off guard by a potentially groundbreaking ruling that—for the 90 days prior—the court had promised it would release by 10 a.m. that day. If this were a ruling on abortion, gun rights, or OJ Simpson, CNN and every major news network would have had a reporter at the courthouse and a fleet of paralegal stenographers shooting an RSS feed to the news desk.
3) That poor anchor. I feel terrible for him. He was just reading “the feed.” That mistaken, pathetic feed. And of course the legal counsel. Poor gal, she was running with the bullshit he was reading. What a mess. I feel bad for them. But I don’t feel bad for the news producers; I’m kinda pissed at them.
In Los Angeles, an entertainment executive named Scott Seomin—a friend of mine—had flipped on CNN just before 10 a.m. to hear the decision. Because he was sitting on the lot of studio with a satellite bigger than Jeff Stryker’s cock, he could watch every station at once. “We’re flipping channels, and all I see is CNN’s mistake,” say Seomin (who knows how funny his last name is for a big ‘mo). He wasn’t upset only about the coverage on CNN, which his partner who read the ruling said was incorrect, but the lack of coverage elsewhere. The networks were showing The Price Is Right, The View, and the fourth hour of The Today Show. So he called local stations and asked them to run a crawl—that little ticker feed at the bottom of the screen. “They run one every time there’s a little earthquake in Barstow,” he says. At least, he said, “Do a goddamn film at 11.”
Seomin missed Dan Savage on CNN later because he had to go to a Hollywood-y meeting, populated, of course, by a bunch of fags and dykes. Having only seen the CNN coverage, they were all dejected—until Seomin told them CNN was wrong. “The news media was totally unprepared,” he says. And he’s right. CNN should have had Savage on the set at 9:50 a.m., preparing to respond to whatever the news might be. Not calling him on as an afterhought.