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Cable TV and the Internet have destroyed the meaning of “breaking news”

Slate :: TMZ got the news up first, 3:30 p.m. ET. Dick Clark was dead at 82, felled by a “massive heart attack.” Because I follow TMZ on Twitter, I got the newsbreak at 3:31. Because a lot of the people I follow also follow TMZ, Clark’s death was announced, analyzed, and (sorry, this is Twitter) joked about for 20 minutes. At 3:52 pm, the CNN app on my iPhone blurped and announced a message: Television personality Dick Clark, the longtime host of “American Bandstand,” has died, a publicist says. Two minutes later my phone shook again, startled by an alert from USA Today: "BREAKING NEWS: Dick Clark legendary TV entertainer, dies at 82."

[David Weigel:] Twenty-four minutes after the TMZ scoop, and this was breaking? How’s that supposed to work? Does “breaking news” have any meaning anymore?

Continue to read David Weigel, www.slate.com

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