Most Trusted Name In News FAIL

I am super busy today but I did want to throw this out there:

During Monday night’s coverage of damage due to storm system Sandy, both CNN and the Weather Channel inaccurately reported that the New York Stock Exchange was under three feet of water. Meteorologist Chad Myers told Piers Morgan about the damage.

According to the National Weather Service, through broadcast media, there’s three feet of water on the trading floor on Wall Street. Three feet of water on the New York Stock Exchange,” Myers said on air.

Morgan asked longtime Wall Street correspondent Erin Burnett how long the exchange might be closed. She responded, “It’s a wooden floor, and it’s a historic building, the damage it could do would be amazing.”

Throughout the exchange, which lasted several minutes, a lower-third graphic said “3 feet of water on floor of NYSE.”

Wow. Ali Velshi even opined that flooding the New York Stock Exchange “will have an influence worldwide on people’s wealth.” EVERYBODY PANIC!

Or not …

Morgan: You have an update on the stock exchange situation … Do we still think that 3 feet of water got into the exchange? There seem to be conflicting reports now.

Myers: Oh is that right? You know, I got that from the National Weather Service Chat bulletin board. It was right on there, it said three feet of water on the floor. I don’t know if there’s conflicting reports or not.

OH. So not the National Weather Service, but a bulletin board chat? You people don’t know the difference between anonymous people “chatting” and an actual National Weather Service report? And you push the panic button anyway? Tell people that globally, personal wealth could be affected? Based on a dang bulletin board chat?! Geeez. That’s not just incompetence, that’s negligence. Shame on you, Chad Myers.

Once upon a time, not too long ago in fact — I’m thinking 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina — people tuned in to CNN for breaking news. Maybe people ignored the lame nightly programming, but when something big happened, that’s where you went for information. But now CNN can’t even do that right anymore.

This is just the latest in a string of reporting failures by the once-vaunted “most trusted name in news.” Now that’s just a sad joke.

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6 responses to “Most Trusted Name In News FAIL

  1. deep

    I don’t get my news from the boob toob anymore. In fact, I was watching the news at my local pizzeria while I was waiting for my pies and I had to restrain myself not to throw a chair at them when the Scott Brown ads appeared.

    Dear god what a fuckin liar.

  2. PeakVT

    I think this worthless worm was the source of a lot of the bad information.

  3. I don’t know for sure, but it sounds like he was referring to the NWS chat rooms where NWS forecasters, media and emergency officials talk to each other during severe weather events; I’ve been on the one that runs out of the Fort Worth office. What I would strongly suspect is that someone in that chat room relayed the rumor — though precisely because of situations like this you’re not supposed to report what you see in chat unless the NWS officially releases it (those posts appear in a distinct format). The chat room is designed to officially disseminate info as well as take it in, so it’s a legit source — but you have to be careful with it.

  4. CNN… I stopped watching that….. ugh , and Piers Morgan.

  5. democommie

    Can’t find confirmation as yet, but my local radio station reported about 40 minutes ago that a NYC fund manager tweeted the information about the Stock Exchange being flooded and that he has been forced to retire because of it. That would be good news.