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permlink Old WMD News

Oh, please: CNN Headline News just showed a brief bit on the parody page "These Weapons of Mass Destruction cannot be displayed" and the fact that it's the top-ranked result on Google for the WMD phrase.

That thing's been making the rounds for many, many weeks; Metafilter had it in February. It's the kind of thing I'd expect in the 'humor' section in the backwoods of an hour-long regular-CNN show. It certainly doesn't belong in 'Headline News'.

Stroppy flailing over. permlink     4 comment(s)  
It looks like maybe someone at CNN reads BoingBoing, as that rather outdated link was just featured there a few days ago.
      ...posted by Donkeymon on July 5, 2003 1:19 PM
well, what made it link-worthy recently was that you could get there by typing in weapons of mass destruction at Googld and then hitting "I'm feeling lucky"....
      ...posted by acm on July 7, 2003 11:47 AM
Yes, but that hardly makes it worthy of space on a 'headline news' channel.
      ...posted by SteveB on July 7, 2003 12:04 PM
In a way, I like that it's getting so much exposure, though. Satire can often be nearly as persuasive as straight commentary. Maybe many web-unsavvy people seeing this is good. It may draw more people into interacting in online political forums. And that can't be a bad thing for democracy. I do agree that the "Discovery" this long ago published webpage isn't some incredible newsworthy event. In fact, this shows how out of touch the media is with the online community.
      ...posted by Dave on July 14, 2003 7:18 PM
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