History Main / WorstNewsJudgmentEver

14th Sep '17 1:30:33 PM ironballs16
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** This explored and given an InUniverse justification in "Britney's New Look", where [[spoiler: the public ''wants'' celebrities to be DrivenToSuicide for reasons similar to ''Literature/TheLottery''.]]
31st Jul '17 6:57:47 AM RedScharlach
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* Low-budget D-movie ''Film/{{Maneater}}'' is downright hilarious with this. At one point, it's revealed that USA Today and Entertainment Weekly are interested in a tiger killing some people in the Appalachian Mountains. The sense that doesn't make is extraordinary.

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* Low-budget D-movie ''Film/{{Maneater}}'' is downright hilarious with this. At one point, it's revealed that USA Today ''USA Today'' and Entertainment Weekly ''Entertainment Weekly'' are interested in a tiger killing some people in the Appalachian Mountains. The sense that doesn't make is extraordinary.



* Apparently, in the Film/{{Zombi|2}}verse (as seen in ''Film/Zombi3D''), reports of the ongoing zombie problem are more important for a music station to broadcast than is actual music.

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* Apparently, in the Film/{{Zombi|2}}verse (as seen in ''Film/Zombi3D''), reports of the ongoing zombie problem are more important for a music station to broadcast than is actual music.



** "Ladies and gentlemen, we have an urgent news bulletin! A minor reporter from the midwest who you have never heard of and who nobody but his 3 friends give a flying fuck about, is feared dead following a "mysterious car bombing"! In other news, all children in the entire world vanished last night, experts say it was likely the result of "excess electromagnetism" or some shit, so in other words we have no idea and it could happen again to all of us at any second. In sports news..."

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** "Ladies and gentlemen, we have an urgent news bulletin! A minor reporter from the midwest who you have never heard of and who nobody but his 3 friends give a flying fuck about, is feared dead following a "mysterious 'mysterious car bombing"! bombing'! In other news, all children in the entire world vanished last night, experts say it was likely the result of "excess electromagnetism" 'excess electromagnetism' or some shit, so in other words we have no idea and it could happen again to all of us at any second. In sports news..."



** As the fifth book shows, the Ministry of Magic isn't afraid of squashing the ''Prophet'' from running stories it doesn't like (and the ''Prophet'' generally is fine with complying). Given that the news-worthy events of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the second book]] also involved the Ministry making very bad moves (Fudge wrongly arrested Hagrid and kicked out Dumbledore, still didn't stop the danger to the students, and ended up having it revealed that he and the Board of Governors were bullied into it by Lucius Malfoy), it wouldn't be that hard to see the Ministry downplaying those events, or having them ignored entirely.

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** As the fifth book shows, the Ministry of Magic isn't afraid of squashing the ''Prophet'' from running stories it doesn't like (and the ''Prophet'' generally is fine with complying). Given that the news-worthy newsworthy events of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets the second book]] also involved the Ministry making very bad moves (Fudge wrongly arrested Hagrid and kicked out Dumbledore, still didn't stop the danger to the students, and ended up having it revealed that he and the Board of Governors were bullied into it by Lucius Malfoy), it wouldn't be that hard to see the Ministry downplaying those events, or having them ignored entirely.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "The War Machines", the death of a tramp makes the front page of ''The Times''. Actual deaths in 1966 included writers Evelyn Waugh and C.S. Forester, actors Buster Keaton and Montgomery Clift, comedian Lenny Bruce and Captain Cook's 200 year-old tortoise. Their deaths did not make the front page of ''The Times''.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "The War Machines", the death of a tramp makes the front page of ''The Times''. Actual deaths in 1966 included writers Evelyn Waugh and C.S. Forester, actors Buster Keaton and Montgomery Clift, comedian Lenny Bruce and Captain Cook's 200 year-old 200-year-old tortoise. Their deaths did not make the front page of ''The Times''.



* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of the Creator/AdultSwim series Newsreaders. A segment is given to a story about the creator of "Motorboating Dad's", a new parenting method designed to teach young boys how to grow up to be womanizing douchebags. At the end of the segment, the man states that if what he is doing is so evil, then he challenges a time traveler to kill him [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel as if he were Hitler]]. After a few moments of confidence in the fact that he must be right, [[InsaneTrollLogic since no time traveling assassins came back to kill him]], the segment ends ''right as one appears''. Lampshaded immediately.

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* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of the Creator/AdultSwim series Newsreaders. ''Newsreaders''. A segment is given to a story about the creator of "Motorboating Dad's", Dads", a new parenting method designed to teach young boys how to grow up to be womanizing douchebags. At the end of the segment, the man states that if what he is doing is so evil, then he challenges a time traveler to kill him [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel as if he were Hitler]]. After a few moments of confidence in the fact that he must be right, [[InsaneTrollLogic since no time traveling assassins came back to kill him]], the segment ends ''right as one appears''. Lampshaded immediately.
10th Jun '17 10:12:10 AM BobbyZ4
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*In the crime-ridden big city where ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' takes place, a newspaper runs an above-the-fold story titled [[http://www.gocomics.com/dicktracy/2017/06/10 "Local Farmer Faces Foreclosure"]].
6th Jun '17 4:48:15 PM StrixObscuro
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* In one issue of ''ComicBook/XStatix'', a reporter cuts away from coverage of a charity event in order to deliver the exclusive scoop that Venus Dee Milo is a virgin.
25th May '17 6:07:52 PM dmcreif
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** The same syndrome initially stymies Jimmy [=McNulty's=] efforts to publicize his made-up serial killer. He does an interview for Alma, but the ''Sun'' publishes the article deep inside the paper below a story about a school name change, because the "victims" [[note]]who actually died of natural causes and were staged post-mortem[[/note]] are homeless. [=McNulty=] and Lester Freamon have to add a sexual element to the killings and try again to get the results he wants.

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** The same syndrome initially stymies Jimmy [=McNulty's=] efforts to publicize his made-up serial killer. killer, as part of a scheme to bring in extra funding for the police department. He does an interview for Alma, but the ''Sun'' publishes the article deep inside the paper below a story about a school name change, because the "victims" [[note]]who (who actually died of natural causes and were staged post-mortem[[/note]] post-mortem) are homeless. [=McNulty=] and Lester Freamon have to add a sexual element to the killings and try again to get the results he wants.
25th May '17 6:06:52 PM dmcreif
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** The same syndrome initially stymies Jimmy [=McNulty's=] efforts to publicize his made-up serial killer. He does an interview for Alma, but the ''Sun'' publishes the article deep inside the paper below a story about a school name change, because the "victims"[[note]]who actually died of natural causes and were staged post-mortem[[/note]] are homeless. [=McNulty=] and Lester Freamon have to add a sexual element to the killings and try again to get the results he wants.

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** The same syndrome initially stymies Jimmy [=McNulty's=] efforts to publicize his made-up serial killer. He does an interview for Alma, but the ''Sun'' publishes the article deep inside the paper below a story about a school name change, because the "victims"[[note]]who "victims" [[note]]who actually died of natural causes and were staged post-mortem[[/note]] are homeless. [=McNulty=] and Lester Freamon have to add a sexual element to the killings and try again to get the results he wants.
25th May '17 6:05:43 PM dmcreif
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** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' executive editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich to discuss the next week's edition:

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** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' executive editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter stops into Ben Urich Urich's office to discuss the next week's edition:
25th May '17 6:05:05 PM dmcreif
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** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' executive editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich that he's being assigned to cover a fluff piece on whether Hell's Kitchen will get a new subway line.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' ''[reads the dossier with disgust]'' "Rumors Bubbling: Will Hell's Kitchen Finally Get a Subway Line?" Come on! We tell that every year!

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** In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' executive editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich that he's being assigned to cover discuss the next week's edition:
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' You got
a fluff piece on whether Hell's Kitchen will get a new subway line.
minute? Talk about next week's spread?
-->'''Ben Urich:''' ''[reads Already working on it.
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' Another organized crime thing?
-->'''Ben Urich:''' ''All'' of Hell's Kitchen. There's a new player on
the dossier scene. No one knows who it is, or what they want. Everybody's scrambling.
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' Your assignment's the City desk, Ben.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' This ''is'' the city! ''[gets up from his desk]'' No one else is on this yet! I'm the only one who sees it.
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' It's not sexy.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' We're a newspaper, Ellison. Not a girly mag.
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' You know that's not what I meant. And nobody calls them that anymore.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' It's not just the Russians. I think ''maybe'' the Union Allied scandal might tie into this.
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' Right, and you remember what that exposé did for circulation? ''Dick'',
with disgust]'' a side of "who gives a shit".
-->'''Ben Urich:''' This is a real story!
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' Yeah, and it's gonna end the same as it always does, right? A bunch of fat old guys and some white collar person with more fat old guys.
-->'''Ben Urich:''' The cops aren't even on this yet! We could be the ones to connect the dots-
-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' It doesn't sell ''papers'', Ben! Not anymore! ''[hands Ben a manila folder]'' I want you on the subway line piece. ''[Ben takes the folder and skims the contents with increasing disdain]''
-->'''Ben Urich:'''
"Rumors Bubbling: Will Hell's Kitchen Finally Get a Subway Line?" Come on! We tell that every year!



-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' Yeah, see? Right the hell out of it.

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-->'''Mitchell Ellison:''' Yeah, see? Right Write the hell out of it.
25th May '17 6:02:00 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In "Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich that he's being assigned to cover a fluff piece on whether Hell's Kitchen will get a new subway line.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
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"Rabbit in a Snowstorm," ''New York Bulletin'' executive editor Mitchell Ellison tells his reporter Ben Urich that he's being assigned to cover a fluff piece on whether Hell's Kitchen will get a new subway line.



** At the end of the episode, when Karen Page visits Ben at his office, the copy on his desk shows the subway story got buried in the back pages, right on the same page as a "rescued cat" story.

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** At **At the end of the episode, when Karen Page visits Ben at his office, the copy on his desk shows the subway story got buried in the back pages, right on the same page as a "rescued cat" story.story.
**At one point, Urich accuses Ellison of being paid off by Wilson Fisk and ensuring that his remaining career is limited to fluff pieces. After Fisk kills Urich, Karen angrily confides in Matt that Ellison shouldn't have even been at Urich's funeral pretending to be his friend. The arrests, however, prove that Ellison is not complicit.



** Alma's piece about a triple homicide gets drastically cut down and moved to the Metro section, below the fold. If you [[FreezeFrameBonus look very closely]] you can see some of the stories that made the front page, and they include a fluff piece about a skydiving company. This is explicitly called out as a case of MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome, as the victims were black in a poor neighborhood.

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** Alma's piece about a triple homicide gets drastically cut down and moved to the Metro section, below the fold. If you [[FreezeFrameBonus look very closely]] you can see some of the stories that made the front page, and they include a fluff piece about a skydiving company. This is Michael Fletcher explicitly called points out as to Alma that this is a case of MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome, as the victims were black in a poor neighborhood.
24th May '17 11:40:24 AM hszmv1
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** In another Weekend Update sketch, one host began to read about the story of the death of Pope JohnPaul, only to toss away the news brief he was reading on because he thought the story was from briefs from last month[[note]]John Paul died within in a month of becoming Pope. The joke of course being that the news had covered the events surrounding his ascent so toughly, he thought it was some attempt to breath new life into the story. Made even funnier, as his successor would become the second longest living Pope in the history of the church.]].
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