What should constitute 'breaking news'? The Kennedy assassination would certainly qualify in my mind. So, too, would the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. And, I'd also list Michael Jackson's untimely passing as another breaking news item.
But, the powers that be at CNN have certainly watered down my perception of breaking news with their reportage of Jacko's memorial service.
I'm neither hard-hearted nor mean-spirited but, excuse me, the Paris Jackson quote is not breaking news.
I typically click on the CNN breaking news alerts when I spy them on my blackberry. But, after a week's worth of non breaking news alerts, I'm becoming a little gun shy. By crying wolf with these bogus alerts, CNN runs the risk of alienating audience members like me. So, note to the CNN newsroom folk: let's schedule an internal meeting ASAP and review the parameters of what constitutes breaking news and what's better left for the evening tabloid shows.