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By: ricderr , 2:16 PM GMT on April 23, 2013
It's rant time. As many of you know this time of year our resident weather weenies come out of hibernation and start the annual guessing game of how many hurricanes and how many will come ashore on the CONUS and of course how much destruction will they wreak. I can't stand it for the mere fact that it's guessing and when the great Colorado University boys with their millions of dollars in funding and their sophisticated equipment can't get it right, if a weenie happens to out guess them they consider themselves great and sophisticated scientific minds.
I say this not to pick on our weather weenies, but that I saw it in full force on a much grander scale with the Boston bombings. The need to be first with breaking stories and the chance to say "you heard it first on our station led to wild ass guessing, fear mongering, ridiculous speculation and outright lies. CNN and FOX took the cake when they announced that a suspect had been captured and CNN upped the ante when they gave a brief description of his ethnicity when they offered a brief description of the suspect. However to a lesser degree and in some cases worse no media outlets were left blameless.
On the same note and to a lesser scale of importance the NFL is trying to regulate what information can be tweeted in this Thursdays start of the draft. Except for a few key draftees reporters are not to tweet which player is being drafted by which team before it is announced on the ESPN telecast.
Yes, we live in an age where our access to information has never been greater and with camera phones and media sites as Twitter and Facebook our ability to reach a large audience with firsthand information is quite simple. However on one hand it does not excuse the media from doing their job of factual reporting nor should it allow corporations to dictate and regulate the use of these mediums.
I guess simple put, LIVE WITH IT! and that leads to the QOD?
How important is it for you that you know immediately what is happening in the world and if so, or not so, how important is the quality of information you receive?
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