News, Maybe. Breaking, NO.

Here’s something that’s getting to be a bigger and bigger annoyance.  so-called “breaking news” headlines that aren’t any such thing.

For example, like a lot of people, I get breaking news emails from several sources.  A couple I got the other day come to mind as prime examples.   On 7/22/07 at 1:40pm Fox News Channel send a “breaking news” email that contained the pronouncement:

PADRAIG HARRINGTON BEATS SERGIO GARCIA IN FOUR-HOLE PLAYOFF TO WIN BRITISH OPEN

Just like that, in all caps and the only link was to the Fox News site, it wasn’t even a permalink to the story in question.  Y’know, it’s bad enough that somebody decided this was urgent enough to warrant calling it “breaking news” and sent it out in a email with the subject line “FNC Alert” but two minutes later I recieved a second email with the exact same content in it.

I am not a hamster, it’s plain that while this “news” may be of interest to golf fans, it’s hardly “breaking news” and certianly doesn’t warrant being sent out as an “FNC Alert”