Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Watching Headline News so you don't have to...

Here was the actual content in the order it aired on CNN Headline News for the 4:00-4:30 p.m. time slot this afternoon. This is what passes for the news you need to know at this hour.

McCann girl may have been spotted (by5:30 p.m. they were reporting this was a false lead)
NIU shooting update
DNA from co-ed's panties may lead to her killer
New Jersey College in lock down after bomb threat
Brush fire threatens North Carolina town
Multi-car pile up shuts down I-94 in Indiana
Breaking news: NIU police hold press conference
School bus crash kills four students in Minnesota
Will bad weather scuttle plan to detroy malfunctioning spy satellite?

Market Watch Segment:
Dow is up 90.47 points at this hour
Oil price exceeds $100 a barrel, does not affect markets
Consumer prices rise .4 percent, largely due to increased fuel costs
HP profits up 38 percent

Space Shuttle touches down fine in California
Teaser: Lunar eclipse is tonight

Two minutes of commercials 4:10-4:12

Shuttle touches down just fine (in California again)
Scientific analysis of lunar eclipses (the graphic actual actually read, "Happening Now: Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight")
Teaser: Is Clinton losing her base?

Two minutes of commercials 4:16-4:18

Politics segment:
Teamsters to endorse Obama
Obama wins 10th straight primary
McCain wins primaries in Wisconsin and Washington state
Huckabee: "It's not about ego"
Teaser: Democratic debates at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow
The debate airs in Spanish on Univision at 11:30 p.m. (I might be awake to catch it.)
Al-Sadr threatens to end cease fire

Your Money segment:
What if your 401(k) is mismanaged?
Court shuts down over leaked documents in Swiss bank's legal case *
Stocks up 90.04 points at this hour, oil price spike does not affect market
Teaser: Man with no pants orders coffee

Two minutes of commercials 4:22-4:24

Couple scams Girl Scouts, buys cookies with bogus $100 bill
Man with no pants orders coffe from Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru
Man sentenced for his 19th DUI
Pregnant tiger stuck in a tree
Eight-year-old nails buzzer-beater trey from NBA range for win (it was probably the producer's kid)
Teaser for next hour: McCann story

Two minutes of commercial

There you have it. That segment included 32 stories in 22 minutes; the "Bottomless" cup of coffee accounted for approximately two of those minutes. I think will be giving up on Headline News.


*note: "Ramblin' Man" was playing at the bar during the Wikileaks story, so I did not hear whether or not they mentioned that the site is still accessible.

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