On 1/10/2016, at 10:10 a.m. EST, the CNN front page displays an article link, “U.S. bomber flies over DMZ”. The article itself quotes the United States Pacific Command to state, “A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday “in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea,” United States Pacific Command said. ”
- The distance between Osan and the Demilitarized Zone, the “DMZ”, is, at the shortest, 50 miles.
- Osan is south of Seoul.
- A flight over the DMZ itself would be an act of war.
- There was no act of war.
- No other media made this mistake. It originated at CNN. It was not a careless copy.
This is not a one-off for CNN, who have an unusual attraction to the phrase, “the next war will…”, where the text anticipates not a brush war, but a major conflagration that would leave a good part of the world in a bad state, if not ashes.
Moving to New York City, he acquired The New York Journal and engaged in a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer‘s New York World that led to the creation of yellow journalism—sensationalized stories of dubious veracity.
Joseph Pulitzer was a good guy. Hearst was not; he was a rich guy. There is a difference.
CNN, even with your thirst for profits, you can do better.