Tuesday, March 21, 2006

CNN self-parody

I've been watching CNN on and off all day. This morning, they showed footage of a cat falling out of a tree, hitting a branch on the way down, then landing and scampering off unhurt. I'm not here to argue over the news value of such footage today.

This isn't one of those "CNN is covering x but can't cover y" rants. Instead, I'd just like to point out that CNN is now showing the footage set to music.

Van Halen's "Jump" accompanied slow-motion footage of the feline pratfall before a commercial break, followed by Tom Petty's "Free Fallin.'" This sounds like something Crimenotes and I would make up between pint No. 3 and pint No. 4.

And people say the media's lost its way.

Update: CNN just played "Turning Japanese" while recapping Japan's win in the World Baseball Classic. Is someone playing an elaborate practical joke?

View it on the web: Flop isn't lying. Video footage is available here. I don't know what all the fuss is about, because when I was a kid something like this happened in the neighborhood about twice a month. -CrimeNotes.


Flop said...

News outlets in your neighborhood played "Turning Japanese" while showing footage of Japanese baseball players twice a month?

CrimeNotes said...

Yeah. We all thought it was funny because "Turning Japanese" was a song about masturbation.

Crunk Raconteur said...

Well, I'm sure Wolf Blitzer is sure that the cat fell out of the tree because it was distraught that the Democrats have no message and aren't as likeable and leadery as Wolf's hero...