Posted on November 24, 2006
Storming the newsroom
I’m watching the “breaking story” regarding the cartoonist that stormed the Miami El Nuevo Herald with a gun and just noticing how the 24 hour cable tv news handles it. When the news is unknown, the stations obviously try their hardest to fill the gaps by making up their own news. On CNN a reporter is walking up to bystanders asking “You work at the Miami Herald, do you know anything about the gunman inside?” “Look, I don’t want to talk right now, please don’t film me.” “So, you don’t know the gunman or editor?” “I don’t want to talk right now, all I know is that I have many friends still inside.” “So, we were told that the Miami Herald has told it’s employees not to talk to the media, is that why are not commenting?” “No man, I don’t know anything about that, I just don’t want to talk to you right now. I have nothing to say.”
Depending on the channel the gunman is either carrying a shotgun, a machine gun, or as a female CNN anchor reports a “laser gun”.
As she was talking to the Miami Chief of Police she said “So reports say that the cartoonist stormed the building with a laser gun, is this what your officers have found?” “Uh, no, we believe that he may have a laser sight mounted on his machine gun… but not a laser gun.”
Which is a shame really. A bitter cartoonist with a laser gun would make a really cool comic book.