#CNNFail

Posted by · 3:12 pm · June 14th, 2009

I’m glad someone picked this up:

As the Iranian election aftermath unfolded in Tehran–thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to express their anger at perceived electoral irregularities–an unexpected hashtag began to explode through the Twitterverse: “CNNFail.”

Even as Twitter became the best source for rapid-fire news developments from the front lines of the riots in Tehran, a growing number of users of the microblogging service were incredulous at the near total lack of coverage of the story on CNN, a network that cut its teeth with on-the-spot reporting from the Middle East.

For most of Saturday, CNN.com had no stories about the massive protests on behalf of Mir Hossein Mousavi, who was reported by the Iranian government to have lost to the sitting president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The widespread street clashes–nearly unheard of in the tightly controlled Iran–reflected popular belief that the election had been rigged, a sentiment that was even echoed, to some extent, by the U.S. government Saturday.

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  • 1 6-14-2009 at 3:39 pm

    Simone said...

    “Increasingly, Twitter has become the go-to source for breaking news about any kind of notable event, be it an earthquake, terrorist attacks in Mumbai, or post-election riots in Tehran.”

    Truer words have not been spoken.

    For it’s flaws, Twitter still impresses me with the news we mere ‘citizens of the Earth’ can receive before the censored MSM gets a hold of a major story and report it half-arsed as ‘breaking news’. I lived at Twitter for Cannes updates.