We’ll Return To The Tragedy In Oklahoma And Our A List Team Of Crack Reporters In A Bit…Now Here’s Jodi…
This morning saw CNN put its A team on the ground to cover Oklahoma’s tornado damage. There were Chris Cuomo and John Berman doing marathon shifts from the scene. Almost all of CNN’s morning programming originated out of Oklahoma. Brooke Baldwin cut short her vacation to head to Oklahoma. Anderson Cooper is in Oklahoma.
CNN wants to emphasize big news and a natural disaster is as big as it gets. So it’s only natural to go wall to wall with your A Team because that’s what viewers want. That’s what viewers expect.
So of course CNN made sure that momentum didn’t last by bailing on Oklahoma to cover Jodi Arias addressing the court pleading for her life.
Yes, you read that right. CNN abandoned its mission, its duty, and Oklahoma in order to cover Jodi Arias.
MSNBC, which can’t get a breaking news rating to save its life these days, stuck with Oklahoma and its team in the field. FNC stuck with Oklahoma and its team in the field. CNN gave its team in the field a breather.
But CNN just had to cover Arias. CNN has been spending a lot of time in the courtroom lately. One day last week the network spent nearly the first 45 minutes of its 11am ET hour covering Arias and OJ in successive alternating segments. They have Ashleigh Banfield putting down roots in Arizona. I mean it’s not like there isn’t another network in the Time Warner empire available to cover Arias so this is all perfectly understandable. Oh wait…
If this wasn’t so sad it would be funny…the kind of thing one would expect to see spoofed on SNL. Apparently nothing must disrupt CNN in its quest for the sensational. It’s almost like the Postal Service’s slogan:
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor dozens dead in Oklahoma stays this network from the swift coverage of Jodi Arias.