Accuracy Is Possibly Impossible
In the video from The Onion: Something Is Happening in Haiti, it is confusing, irritating, and annoying among many other thoughts. I was frustrated to watch the video and to think that this kind of news broadcasting actually happens.
When I think of breaking news, I automatically know that I will not get all of the facts. Chances are that it will take weeks or months before all of the details come out. But that is breaking news. This is meant for broadcasters to relay the message that something big is happening right now. Of course they are not going to have the facts right then especially if the big event if still happening but viewers want to know that information so in general people are satisfied with knowing anything.
September 11th for example took months possibly even years before anyone knew all of the stories and inofrmation that could confirm the actual facts of the event. It would be impossible to gain all of that information so it is the job of the news to look at the context clues and by their best judgement, come up with some answers for the viewers. The answer may change as time goes on but the event may also change so that is to be expected. Breaking news is meant to get the news out right away, facts or no facts, it is the job of the news to inform their viewers with what is going on in the world.