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Monday, April 26, 2004

CNN on the cutting edge of news 

A CNN Breaking News email alert went out at about 2 PM Eastern time today. The full text of the alert was:

Jordanian authorities say they broke up alleged al Qaeda plot to unleash deadly chemical cloud in heart of Amman.
Really, I had no idea... It's not like this was news A WEEK AGO or anything.

(Hat tip: Reader Chris.)

UPDATE: Here's CNN's front-page headline story as of right now (5:20 PM Eastern.) Why is this being treated as breaking news worthy of top billing? This was news a week ago today, April 19th. Link dump follows to prove my point:

New York Post - Philadelphia Inquirer - Long Beach Press-Telegram - Contra Costa Times

Dozens more on the 20th.
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