What’s Hot/What’s Not: 01/26/14

It’s an all “Not Hot” edition of WH/WN…

What’s Not:

Weather Channel vs. DirecTV Round 2 – Now that it’s off DirecTV’s dishes, The Weather Channel looked for new ways to try and turn up the heat on the satellite broadcast provider. Its solution? Beg the channel, via some full page ads in major newspapers, to let its subscribers who want to leave off the hook from the steep cancellation fees. Predictably, like just about every other hairbrained idea the channel has tried to sway public opinion its way, this went almost nowhere.

DirecTV stupidly engages The Weather Channel – I say it went “almost” nowhere because it should have gone absolutely nowhere but DirecTV decided to take out its own full page ads to respond to The Weather Channel’s full page ads. Dumb move. If a line of argument is illegitimate – as The Weather Channel’s cancellation fee plea was – you don’t want to give it any legitimacy by answering back.

Tapeheads – CNN announced yet more tape shows to its lineup this week.

Biebermania – It was overkill about six minutes into the incident. Okay…maybe not quite that short…but when you can predict what the channels will do with their coverage overkill your tolerence level has been set very low. The biggest offender was of course CNN which did a one hour special on Bieber which its crack production staff had been tirelessly working on for all of…ohhhhh…about five minutes.

Andrea Mitchell – But the most famous Bieber related incident was Andrea Mitchell breaking from covering the NSA with Jane Harmon to suddenly cover some new Bieber revelation. I remember back when Mitchell couldn’t be bothered to touch the tawdry world of tabloid news. She once, during her show, tossed to Chris Jansing to handle the tawdry tabloid news bulletin…because apparently she wouldn’t touch it. My how times have changed. BTW, the old ICN site chronicled that strange toss incident but that site is now gone so I can’t dig that post up anymore.

Weekends are slow news days – Saturday the nets went wall to wall on the Columbia Mall shooting. That length of coverage really wasn’t justified in this particular incident in my opinion.

10 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: 01/26/14”

  1. CNN’s Bieber special was only half an hour, I believe.

  2. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    CNN’s Bieber special was only half an hour, I believe.

    That’s a half an hour too long for that thug.

  3. Wow, nothing hot.. Brrrrr.

  4. Polar vortex!😛

  5. Weekends are slow news days – Saturday the nets went wall to wall on the Columbia Mall shooting. That length of coverage really wasn’t justified in this particular incident in my opinion.

    Not sure I agree entirely though I’m biased being from Maryland and all that. I always went to the Columbia Mall. All my family members that live in Baltimore go to Columbia to do their shopping. All my friends went to Columbia to do their shopping. Basically put, damn close to everyone from Baltimore goes there. That place is packed all the time – every hour, every day.

    Fortunately, this wasn’t a random shooting where the gunman was trying to kill as many people as possible but, when the news broke, there was the potential that this was going to be another hsitory making massacre.

  6. I would’ve said the coverage of it was “not hot” in terms of MSNBC and FNC politicizing the shooting before they had any of the facts. MSNBC with gun control crapoola and FNC talking about the need for armed security and more guns.

    The police were on the scene in 90 seconds. Not sure some mall cop with a gun or some random person walking around with a concealed weapon would’ve done much better. For the record, CCW permits are very hard to get in Maryland – that said, I’d be willing to bet money that, with the amount of people who go to that mall, there was somebody there with a concealed carry permit and a concealed weapon.

  7. “I’d be willing to bet money that, with the amount of people who go to that mall, there was somebody there with a concealed carry permit and a concealed weapon.”

    Close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and ccw help. The more trained, armed, law-abiding citizens, the better.

  8. Andrea Mitchell said “it was the luck of the draw” referring to her cutaway to Bieber from the NSA story. Does anyone think Shep Smith would have allowed things to play out that way? No freaking way.

  9. Close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and ccw help. The more trained, armed, law-abiding citizens, the better.

    So, you’re telling me more guns would’ve prevented this? The incident as a whole probably took all of 15 seconds.

    You internet gunslingers never cease to amaze me.

  10. Andrea Mitchell said “it was the luck of the draw” referring to her cutaway to Bieber from the NSA story. Does anyone think Shep Smith would have allowed things to play out that way? No freaking way.

    Shep Smith has control over that. Andrea Mitchell doesn’t.

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