Monday, May 2, 2011

Does Network News Exist Anymore?

I was surfing the net when the news of the death of Bin Laden broke. I found out because I was still fuming about the Washington Capitals overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, so I was heading over to the Washington Post's website to read the Caps post game fan reaction. As soon as the page loaded, I saw the headline: "Bin Laden Killed, President to Speak."
I immediately changed the TV channel from VERSUS to CNN and began to watch. I can only take Wolf Blitzer for about 30 minutes – I actually endured 45. I eventually flipped to FOX – that lasted 10 minutes. Normally I would switch to MSNBC next, but I thought I'd give the networks a try. So I turned to CBS, infomercial. OK, next was NBC; locally sports show discussing the Philadelphia Eagles NFL draft picks. FOX was airing a local sports show about the Philadelphia Phillies. I finally found network coverage on ABC. Seriously? Just one out of the four networks. I knew newspapers were in the decline, but the networks too.
As I'm writing this now at 12:30 p.m., none of the networks are covering it. Of course, I'm sure it was covered ad nauseum during the morning shows, but this is the biggest news since 9/11. Hell, this is the guy who masterminded 9/11. Even ESPN was reporting this breaking news last night. A sports network! Maybe Bin Laden took network news to the grave with him. I can't think of any other explanation.