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Breaking News: NEWS MEDIA UNDERSTAFFED?

Today’s headline, was the shooting at a grocery store in Arizona.  It was breaking news and CNN was one of the first to report the story.  Unfortunately, I received five emails in a row regarding the updates on the story, and they had different information.

It is said that during the recession, the news media has also had its share of cuts.  And weekend coverage has been trimmed so much, that they seem to have too few reporters on the job, to cover the news.  Is the shortage in staff the reason for so many incorrect reports?  Have the cutbacks affected the public receiving prompt accurate information?

When the shooting of Gabrielle Gaffords was first reported, CNN and others announced her death.  Later to retract the information two – three times.  Is she dead or isn’t she, I thought to myself.  It made it a challenge to even post a blog, with the many news outlets reporting different information. 

As the details unfolded, I was watching Headline News, and they missed the update on Federal Judge, John Rolls death.  My husband had received a tweet with the news, which he relayed to me.  He was shocked that I had not heard, since I was watching live reports on T.V.  Is this another example of their need for weekend reporters?  Do we now need to count on Twitter for our news?  I had to update my blogs multiple times today, with all the misinformation being fed to me from our trusted news journalist. 

Rumor has it, they have also cut the cameramen, and now share footage of news, amongst several stations.  Does that cause us to receive generic clips, from only one point of view?  If this all is the case, hopefully today’s many mishaps, on covering this story, will make them think twice about the lack of staff, at the news stations.  I sure am not happy with the thought we may not be receiving accurate, up-to-date news.  Garbage in, garbage out.

Related story: http://brittaj17.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/judge-roll-dies-in-arizona-shooting-today/

 
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JUDGE JOHN ROLL DIES IN ARIZONA SHOOTING TODAY

Unfortunately during the shooting outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson Arizona today, one of the six report deaths, was a judge.   John Roll, was a respected judge, who was provided protection in 2009, for fear of a death threat.  In addition to his death, a nine year old child and four others, were killed in the shooting.  Twelve others are reported to be hospitalized, in serious condition.  While Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, survived a shot to the head, she is still in critical condition and will likely take months to recover, if she makes it through.  Her husband, Marc Kelly, is said to have rushed to the hospital when it was announced, and then posted a family photo on Twitter.

It has been reported that a 22-year old man, Jared Laughner, was arrested in connection with the shooting, by a Glock 19 semi-automatic gun.  Which is ironic, because Congresswoman Giffords, recently said she is a skilled shooter with that type of weapon. The really ridiculous part, is that the shooter was able to purchase a gun, even after having known mental issues (go gun lobbyist!).  Still no reports to the reason for the shooting, but there is never a good reason for killing others.

RELATED STORY: http://brittaj17.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/breaking-gabrielle-giffords-may-survive-gun-shot-to-the-head/

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Breaking: Gabrielle Giffords May Survive Gun Shot to the Head

Gabrielle Giffords

There many be a bit of good news on the recent shooting.  CNN reports Congresswoman Gabrielle Gibson, may have survived shot in the head.  A press conference is now being held, confirming six are dead, including a 9-month old infant, and others are being treated.  Her doctor has reported, she is gravely ill, but expected to recover.

Earlier reports cited 18 were injured/pronounced dead in shooting at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona.  The President is expected to speak on the shooting shortly.

We are sorry for the loss of the others, and hope the remaining victims pull through.  It is truly tragic, a nine month old was a victim, at the start of their life.  The violence needs to end, but we know that is not likely.  Related story: http://brittaj17.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/congresswoman-may-be-dead-shooting-at-grocery-store/

 
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BREAKING: CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS MAY BE DEAD, SHOOTING AT GROCERY STORE

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

CNN is reporting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, along with 6-12 other bystanders, have been shot at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona.

It is another sad day, that someone clearly with issues, would target someone, and end up killing up to twelve innocent bystanders.  The shooter could not possibly have really wanted all of them to die.  There was a meeting taking place, and many were aware the Congresswoman was there, so it is assumed she was the intended target.  A witness has suggested, she was shot directly in the head, as he then shot additional bystanders.  Some news stations are reporting she is currently in surgery, but this is not yet confirmed.

Gabrielle Gifford’s husband Marc Kelly, just released a family photo on Twitter.  They were at the Grand Canyon on vacation.  Hopefully this is not a sign, confirming her death.  Recent updates, have also reported she is now in surgery, so check your local news for the recent information.

When will the violence end? UPDATED REPORT, READ HERE http://brittaj17.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/breaking-gabrielle-giffords-may-survive-gun-shot-to-the-head/.  ALSO HAVE THE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY, MAY BE ONLY 23 YEARS OLD!

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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS, POLITICS

 

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TEARS ARE A TURNOFF, REALLY?

A recent study shows that men lost their sex drive when given salt water or women’s tears to taste.  This seems like the most ridiculous study in recent years.  If I were given these two items, it would probably turn me off too.  It’s like saying they gave women, a man’s sweat or cologne to drink.  What would make them think this would turn anyone on?   It has no substance and I cannot believe they even took time out to study this.

They really need to focus their time on research to cure cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down Syndrome and other major illnesses.  I really could care less about these waste-of-time studies, which mean absolutely nothing.  Why would the press even promote this on all the news channels?

 
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MONTEL WILLIAMS GETS CAUGHT WITH BONG

Montel Williams was caught by TSA carrying a bong, and cited with possession of drug paraphernalia.  He paid the $484 fine and simply left.  Montel has MS and is a strong advocate of legalizing marijuana.  I guess we can assume he is getting high in his free time.

Montel has held a fairly low profile in recent years.  Not the best way for him to get back in the spotlight, but I guess there is no such thing as bad publicity.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT, HEADLINE NEWS

 

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NEW AIRLINE FEES?

The airlines keep pushing the limits of the ridiculous, first they charge us for bags they know we need to travel.  Now they are considering charging a fee for bringing your infant with you on a plane, for using a credit card, and get this, for receiving help from an airline employee!  Really?  I thought that was what the hefty charges to fly were for, and employees received a paycheck?  Next they will implement fees for wearing your clothes on a plane!

Have they gone too far?  Should they just raise the price to fly, and stop with the petty fees to make their costs appear lower?  It really irritates me when they provide a price, and then hit you in the end for additional fees. 

What do you think?

p.s. Photo does not reflect the actual airline considering fees, it could be any one of them.

 
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