Media Illiterate

Ergh. For months now CNN‘s repackaged “Headline News” has been annoying me every which way from Sunday, from folding in live musical acts to the sad attempts at being clever with graphics and ticker crawls. Just now a pretty-face reporter in Texas, describing the recovery work in the Columbia disaster, said with oomph: “Search teams are out there literally looking for needles in haystacks.”

No, moron, they’re looking for pieces of the shuttle in three states, which is like looking for a needle in a haystack. If they really were looking at haystack needles, I’d really worry about who’s running the show at NASA.

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