The video is so much like real news it borderlines not even being funny
This video from The Onion reminds me of the LA Fitness shootings. They came in with about 6 people confirmed shot when in actuality 4 died including the shooter. They used phrases like, the shooter possibly entered the cardio room and turned off the lights much like the Onion said that the event was possibly a riot, possibly a celebration. It was agonizing to sit there and listen to them fumbling around with the information given to them and try to make sense out of it.
Does anyone know the purpose of breaking news? Keep in mind that in class we said that the news is meant to sell things but breaking news has no commercial breaks.
I also thought that it was funny that the Onion's spoof had the reporter on audio. Obviously, the fake reporter is not in Haiti. He even sends a picture. This happens on the actual news a lot. But without camera footage, we really don't know if the reporter is at the location of the story or if he is sitting in front of his TV, watching The Dark Knight and eating a bag of potato chips.
The first thing the female reporter says in the spoof is "We've got a breaking story coming out of Haiti. Quite possibly the biggest development to come out of that nation in decades." This is sadly similar to many of the things you will hear on your local news. How does one determine "the biggest development"? Isn't this just insulting to Haiti?