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CNN Won't Cut Away from White House Correspondents' Dinner, Reassures Viewers They'll 'Find Out All of What Happened in the Streets of Baltimore by This Time Tomorrow'

CNN contributor notes that people can go online for information instead.

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There was a gigantic peaceful march for Freddie Gray in Baltimore this afternoon. And then, in the evening, things got more violent, with some of the demonstrators throwing rocks and bottles at cops and smashing the windows of businesses and cars. (The authorities are currently blaming these incidents on "isolated pockets of people from out of town.") At least 12 people were arrested; and inside Camden Yards, where the Orioles were playing the Red Sox, the jumbotron delivered this message to the crowd:

This is your jumbotron speaking.
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Seems like a pretty big story, no? And if you wanted to see TV reporters trying to piece together what exactly was going on, you could check out the live feeds at WBAL and WJZ.

But you needn't have bothered checking CNN. Here (via Richard Wojcicki) is Errol Louis acknowledging the events taking place less than an hour north of DC…and explaining why his network wasn't interrupting its White House Correspondents' Dinner coverage to show viewers what was happening:

"You can find a live feed if you actually want to watch what's going on," Louis says, then gives a very brief sketch of "what I'm seeing on Twitter." His conclusion: "You can find out what you want to find out. And, you know, something else is going on—the most powerful man in the world is gonna tell some jokes….

"We don't control a lot of this stuff. We sort of make our best choices, and we'll—we'll catch up. People will be informed….They'll find out all of what happened in the streets of Baltimore by this time tomorrow."

So apparently that's what they mean by "24-hour news channel."

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  1. Hmmm…media at least used to reliably follow the rule “if it bleeds, it leads.” Not exactly a recipe for detailed, analytical coverage, but at least you could see relevant things happening on your screen. Now CNN can’t even meet that standard.

    What is this, the Hunger Games capital city?

    1. I pity the poor janitors who work at the correspondents’ dinner; they’ll have to wipe up the splooge from all those politicians and journalists jerking each other off.

      1. TMI!

        1. Yeah, I apologize, that was an insult to jerkoffs.

        2. Typical liberal media BS.

          We know they’re scraping Santorum from one and all.

      2. +10000000000000000000000000000000000000

    2. To be fair, the correspondent’s dinner is a significant event. We finally get to see “the most transparent administration in history” be, well, transparent.

  2. Look Jesse, a bunch of peasants rioting isn’t as important to the Fourth Estate as when the King deigns himself by telling a few mild jokes about himself and other people they rely on for patronage.

    1. Isn’t this dinner where Colbert made his break?

      Too bad there’s no such thing going on tonight. It would be a real dilemma for CNN.

      1. Too bad there’s no such thing going on tonight.

        One of these guys challenge their messiah? You have a wonderfully droll sense of humor.

        1. One day, a child (or child-like one) among them will point and say “the Emperor is naked”. At which point they will all beat the little shit to death and go on admiring the brilliant cloak the Emperor is wearing.

  3. They need to give CNN a public shaming like they’ve never had since…well, whatever the last dumbass thing they did.

    1. I remember when people would make fun of soviet media.

      CNNs anchormen should start wearing uniforms.

      1. If you mean kneepads, then yes.

        1. I’m sure those are included.

  4. The Toppest Man is being feted! Have you no sense of wonder? Of majesty? Or even the slightest bit of respect for The Leader?

    1. s/feted/fellated/

      1. Remarkable endurance for the Glorious Leader, that is an awful lot of oral service.

  5. I’m afraid I’m feeling a bit vulgar tonight…CNN is pissing on, and hopefully pissing off, its own audience.

    1. What if people were distracted by the news, and missed one of obamas brilliant jokes?

      Then where would we be?

      1. In a world where both Putin and the terrorists have not only won, but are teabagging each American one-by-one.

      2. Vulgar Madman|4.26.15 @ 12:42AM|#
        “What if people were distracted by the news, and missed one of obamas brilliant jokes?”

        Well, that would certainly be a tragedy, wouldn’t it? Have I missed the first one?

      3. One of nothing is still nothing.

  6. It’s remarkable, really, how far and how completely CNN has fallen. If it wasn’t for bars and airports they’d be in MSNBC territory.

    1. O Pulitzer, son of the morning, how art thou fallen!

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  9. We’re cappin’ on CNN when Obama is too busy telling jokes to worry about a race riot?

    Normally I’d agree that this is probably none of the President’s business, but since this President seems to feel it’s necessary to insert himself into every facet of our lives, he really should be perfectly fair game for this kind of criticism.

    He should be out there either trying to calm the rioters down or leading the riot. Don’t black lives matter to you, Mr. President?

    1. When have they ever?

      1. It might start dawning on some of the protestors now.

        I’m sure his jokes were fantastic.

    2. If he had a son, he’d be somewhere between 1/4 and 3/4 blackm and maybe live in Baltimore, or somewhere else.

    3. The issue to me has nothing to do with Obama, and everything to do with CNN. The media isn’t supposed to be a TMZ twitter feed and live stream of celebrity politicians, it’s supposed to report events happening around the country.

      Obama shouldn’t change his plans due to a local riot in a city of 330,000,000 people. But CNN doesn’t need to give me breathless coverage of what the first lady is wearing, and weather Obama got in a fight back stage with Guns & Roses front man, Lenny Kravitz.

        1. “The media isn’t supposed to be a TMZ twitter feed and live stream of celebrity politicians, it’s supposed to report events happening around the country.”

          Haha. Oh you naive child. The court scribes’ central duty is the hagiography of the ruling class. Secondary is the distraction of masses from their shallow lives with morality plays. Third, if there is time, is the whole “report events happening” shit.

      1. Obama shouldn’t change his plans due to a local riot in a city of 330,000,000 people.

        That’s even more populous than Shanghai!

      2. 330,000,000 is actually the population of…hey, I see what you did there…

      3. Apologies, I meant “country”

  10. The only really good clips they have are some guys smashing a car and some people getting into a fight outside Dempsey’s. Other than that, they just have a day of people protesting like normal, pissed off people. Who in CNN’s audience is going to get hard for that?

    1. Maybe Mattress Girl can show up and re-enact her arape.

  11. Best line from that CNN flak:

    You’ll find out all about what happened in the streets of Baltimore by this time tomorrow.

    I don’t know that you can really call it ‘news’ when CNN is reporting it 24 hours after it occurred.

    1. Cable Recents Network.

    2. Clearly Nearly News

  12. To be fair, I think pretty much all the national news stations didn’t cover it. Fox was covering the dinner, Headline News had their usual show. News Max was showing some documentary.

    1. Readers must’ve thought I was joking when I’ve written that if you really want to overthrow the regime, you shouldn’t revolt openly, but quietly & anonymously assassinate them, making the deaths look like accidents. The authorities would then cover up evidence that anything untoward was happening.

  13. I watched a couple of minutes of the corespondent’s diner. They were bending knee to the king pretty deeply during the parts I saw.

    Also, the SNL chick was schilling pretty hard for Hillary. She even made the reporters swear to avoid commenting on Hillary’s appearance (to rousing applause), because that’s not news. Which I thought was pretty funny coming from the SNL “news” reader (who presumably would never have made jokes about a Republican politician’s appearance).

    1. Yeah, they only had one of its cast members’ career take off for mocking Palin.

    2. Which I thought was pretty funny coming from the SNL “news” reader (who presumably would never have made jokes about a Republican politician’s appearance).

      +1 Katherine Harris

    3. Did you hear Chris Christie is fat? And what’s the deal with Rand Paul and that marsupial he has on his head?

  14. “We don’t control a lot of this stuff. We sort of make our best choices, and we’ll?we’ll catch up. People will be informed….They’ll find out all of what happened in the streets of Baltimore by this time tomorrow.”

    We’ll catch up?

    That’s a new one.

    1. We are all catching up today, so he was right. And really, the White House correspondents dinner is pretty damn important. Black people protesting in a major city or this? I will take the latter, thank you very much.

      1. And CNN’s senior white house correspondent doing some real journalism, posing the tough questions to a person who has Benghazi knowledge, and information about Hillary’s emails, and who probably knows what the hell is going on over at the Clinton Foundation.

        OMG they are so dreamy!

        1. OMG they are so dreamy!

          #NERDPROM

  15. You can find a live feed if you actually want to watch what’s going on…

    “If you want news, look elsewhere.”

    Did CNN have their anchors in formal wear to cover the dinner from the studio?

    1. If they had them eating take-out Chinese and dressed formally – that would’ve been funny.

  16. “Oh, and the President was arrested for murder. More on that tomorrow night, or you could turn to another channel. …Oh. Do not turn to another channel.”

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  18. Thankfully CNN is all over it this morning. There’s a small link on the right just below “Obama’s top 10 jokes at correspondent’s dinner.” The attention-grabbing headline is “Scuffles at Baltimore Protest.”

    http://www.cnn.com/

  19. “And, you know, something else is going on?the most powerful man in the world is gonna tell some jokes….”

    Now that’s hilarious.

    “the most powerful man in the world…” — That ship sailed a long time ago. Somewhere around January 2009.

    1. No, Putin was telling jokes!

      After hours of standing in a bread line, a young man suddenly throws up his hands and shouts, “Enough! I’ve had it! I’m going to go kill Gorbachev!!” and stomps off.

      An hour later, he returns to the line he was in, his head hanging down. “What happened?” the other people in line ask. “I thought you were going to kill Gorbachev!”

      “That line was even longer,” he said.

    2. You really cannot mock these people more than they do to themselves.

    3. Well, he can still rain down death and destruction at pretty much any point on the globe he wants with near impunity, so I’d say he’s pretty powerful. He is just so incompetent that he seems harmless.

  20. It’s always fun to rag on the correspondents’ dinner (and CNN), but really, which is the bigger scourge- a) people across the country not knowing RIGHT NOW about something that likely doesn’t affect them, or b) showing live footage of chaos, while empty suits have to fill airtime with everything from wild speculation to total ignorance and on to official propoganda.

    I would argue b. Yeah, I know normal people eat this stuff up but I don’t think there’s been a national news event (9/11, Katrina, OKC bombing, bombing Iraq, etc.) that wasn’t a complete shit waste of time to watch live, with just about everything said being contradicted the very next day.

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  22. United Liberty posted a good rant about the Baltimore riots http://www.unitedliberty.org/a…..r-the-riot Breitbart also covert the riots http://www.breitbart.com/big-g…..iots-rage/

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