Of the many
lamentable developments to afflict our nation as a result of 9/11, the
dilution/distortion of the term "Breaking News," while not
the most depressing, remains among the most annoying. Its
original meaning referred to developing stories, to events
that are still happening. In these days of the 24/7
bottom-screen crawl, the term "Breaking News" (and its
garish banner) is applied to any story that news "analysts"
are still talking about.
Whatever else one considers the news that President Droolcup has finally repaired to Gods
green room, it is certainly not "breaking;" that obit has been
in the can since mid-1987.