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 Labour rallies behind Flint as deputy leader to offset a Corbyn win
- 2 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 3 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
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