Maybe he said it. Maybe he did not. We have some he said, she said. Fine. But it is being covered as if it is the issue of the year.
If they confirmed the story by playing the tapes (or maybe having some top intelligence official listen to them and swear to what is said), that might be some journalism. This is done all the time wrt things like the unemployment rate, the DOW, the deficit, and so on. Here’s the peer-reviewed report! Here’s what it says! So, that’s our data on the subject!
Here, we are getting endless speculation and anecdote. I feel almost like I am being trolled. This is similar to the last time CNN annoyed me, when the presenter sort of sneered and said, “We’re gonna fact check that” to close out a segment, rather than waiting for her team to actually fact check that, write up a proper script, and Then go on the TV broadcast and talk about it.
Anyway, the cable news was pretty similar to what I’d read on Smartphone Headlines earlier. Maybe it was the staleness that was really bothering me. But c’mon, play the tapes or zip it.
I know this looks similar to a rant, but the mundane point is that cable news is not that great, and maybe I need to shop around newsfeeds to boot.