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CNN blames Twitter for swine flu, coughs on its own hypocrisy

The tendency of old(er) media to lash out at new(er) media apparently involves passing the buck on the worst of old(er) media’s excesses. Happy to push the canard that bloggers and Twitterers are merely unrestrained and unsubstantiated gossipers, CNN has either not been reading its own headlines or has an uncanny ability to swallow irony.

cnn-logoSome observers say Twitter — a micro-blogging site where users post 140-character messages — has become a hotbed of unnecessary hype and misinformation about the outbreak, which is thought to have claimed more than 100 lives in Mexico.

“Swine flu” is currently first on CNN’s list of “hot topics.” Perhaps following the Time magazine model of cool and rational stories on potential nuclear annihilation, the CNN page devoted to the entirely necessary and carefully measured information about swine flu includes sober headlines like the following:

Mexico City at epicenter of growing swine flu fears

Stricken teen describes illness, recovery

Pandemic: What would happen next?

Gupta: Swine flu affecting people in prime

Deadliest pandemics of the 20th century

Officials plan for worst case

Naturally, and without a trace of irony, CNN urges you to follow Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Twitter.

UPDATE: CNN also tweets — what medium could be better? — as breaking news that “The federal government declares a public health emergency, as the number of cases of swine flu in the U.S. rises to 20.”

cross-posted on Dispatch

(image from flickr user merfam under a Creative Commons license)


April 28, 2009 - Posted by | media | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Personally, I like the implication that losing more than 100 lives is not hype-worthy.

    Now if a person shoots 20 people in a rural town, THAT’S hype-worthy!

    Comment by Kenny B. | April 28, 2009 | Reply

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