Only a couple short days ago, our President emerged from his situation room to let us all in on what happened the day of the failed bombing attempt on a Detroit bound flight this past holiday. Since then, and even prior to President Obama’s press conference, the media has been having a field day trying to shine the light on airport security flaws. Everything from drug sniffing dogs not passing their tests to unidentified “passengers” entering through the exit doors and cameras that fail to record have graced the media headlines, morning, noon and night. While we can appreciate the media’s attempt to keep us all informed, at what point does their “expose” style of reporting endanger our security? If some nut case wanted to penetrate our transportation system, they need only watch the news for ideas on how to do so. As frequently travelers for business and leisure, the amount of openness that our media has on this subject matter is quite unsettling to us.
Let us know what you think Vyne Readers. Is the media our new security breach or are they helping to fix the problem?
By Keesha Boyd
I suppose we should have expected it. In the age of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, iPhones and blogging, we should have expected that not even the news could resist the allure of 24 hour content. It makes sense that traditional news programming would want to be a part of, if not lead, the charge to provide compelling content faster and meet the “on demand” terms of the American public. That said, the other day I was tuned into CNN and two thoughts occurred to me while I was watching the weekend news segments: 1) “Didn’t they already talk about this?” and 2) “Is this CNN or TMZ?”
Perhaps I had not paid close attention in the past or maybe I only watched 15 minute blocks of news at a time. But somewhere around the 15 minute mark it became starkly apparent that the “so called” 24 hour news was looping. I watched as Suzanne Malveaux kept reaching to make heads or tails out of the breaking Tiger Woods story by continuing to report the same scant details that were reported five minutes earlier. No disrespect to Suzanne but it made me think, is there really such a thing as 24 hour news if it’s simply the same story looped and spun a variety of different ways?
Which brings me to my second thought, “Is this CNN or TMZ?” Last I checked, reputable news networks like CNN and MSNBC would not dare stoop to run tabloid-esque stories. But as sure as I was sitting there, eating left over Thanksgiving dinner, Suzanne was reporting on Tiger Woods’ alleged affair like it was Watergate. While I can appreciate the entertainment value, it begs the question, what really constitutes “news” these days? When TMZ content is passing as hard hitting journalism and networks fill their schedule with show after show of the same “news” stories, it gives the illusion that there is such a thing as 24 hour news. But at the end of the day the reality may very well be that in the age of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, iPhones and blogging, perhaps our concept of news has been reduced to trending topics and bite sized pieces of compelling gossip just short enough to be looped, tweeted or fit into a status update. No judgement, just something to think about the next time you tune in to the “news”…
(Photo Courtesy of nbcphiladelphia.com) Dymire Baylor
If you live in Philadelphia then chances are you’ve heard about the group of 6o inner-city youth (black and hispanic) from the Creative Steps Day Camp who were recently kicked out of the exclusive Valley Swim Club just outside of Philadelphia. The children reported hearing patrons of the club make racist remarks. Regarding why the children were kicked out, club President, John Duesler, had this to say: “there was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club”. The club patrons say it was a safety issue but the children say otherwise. Check out the video for the full story and let us know what you think.