OT: Stupidity on CNN

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Fri Jun 22 2001 - 13:25:03 PDT

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    I was watching CNN yesterday afternoon (I normally abstain from watching
    CNN except during space events, since they have the best coverage
    compared to any other network) by accident.  They were talking about the
    total solar eclipse earlier in the day.  Then they start talking about
    Mars, that it will be the closest to Earth for the next two weeks since
    First, they say that Mars will ONLY be visible for these two weeks - and
    then disappear.  That was ridiculous, but it would get worse.
    Then, the anchorwoman asks, to the effect of, "Since Mars is going to be
    so close to the Earth, will it make more stars come out [be visible] ?"  
    I think it would be helpful if journalists had a general, all-around
    education before being put on the air.  This episode certainly doesn't
    allay the suspicion that some people are put on TV simply because they
    look good.  Of course, CNN's ratings are just about rock-bottom....
    Jonathan T. Wojack                 tlj18@juno.com
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