Charting the decline of 'BREAKING NEWS:'
Breaking: Situation ongoing
The 'Breaking news' kicker on news stories should be reserved for assassinations, major scientific discoveries or, if there has to be a celebrity-orientated one, when Miley Cyrus lights herself on fire and runs into a firework factory killing 75.
Over the last few years however the term has become virtually meaningless, with the driest of events being strapped with it and rolling news channels employing it in an attempt to drum up interest in tedious ongoing stories.
Now a blog, thatsnotbreakingnews.com, has been set up to chart all the times news isn't so much breaking as just slowly oozing out with no real impact on anything.
Admittedly there's a few dodgy news sources in there, and some iPhone notifications being confused with 'breaking news' kickers, but it's worth a scroll all the same, displaying a worrying amount of Bieber-related 'breaking news'.
Here's some of the best/worst:
3.Breaking pop contest outcome
4. Breaking worse pop contest outcome
6. Breaking papal advice
BREAKING: Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 20, 2014
7. Breaking box office puns
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 4 Penis size: Study revealing 'what's normal' sends international media into meltdown
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
Ayesha Ali death: Mother and her girlfriend found guilty of manslaughter of eight-year-old
George Clooney and Amal fail to get special treatment at New York restaurant
Cindy Crawford 'un-PhotoShopped' viral Marie Claire image was doctored, claims photographer
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
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