If Trump’s tweet on North Korea’s miniaturization of a nuclear warhead were converted to sound it would be music to mainstream media executives’ ears.
CNN and MSNBC media execs deployed their anchors Wednesday with the mission of building on fear-induced ratings and wringing every possible ounce of terror out of their broadcasts.
The message they all broadcasted to viewers was a simple implication: that apparently we’re all going to die.
Viewers were treated to what seemed like flashbacks to the Cold War on Tuesday night, as one MSNBC broadcast brought them to an underground bunker in Hawaii, reminding viewers that it takes just 20 minutes for a strike from North Korea to hit Hawaii which leaves citizens a mere 15 minutes to take shelter.
“The reason why this place is so important is, this is where the warning to all of the Hawaiian Islands will come from,” said CNN correspondent Sara Sidner, reporting from the bunker.
On CNN, Don Lemon demonstrated to his audience what a nuclear explosion would look like, and gave the parameters of the crater created by a nuclear warhead explosion.
“It would likely have the force of the bombs that were dropped on Japan by the United States 72 years ago this week,” explained Tom Foreman.
Brian Williams, always the ethical journalist, asserted to viewers it was his job to scare them.
“Our job tonight is actually to scare people to death on this subject,” Williams argued. “So, the talk isn’t as free as it is on a preemptive or surgical strike.”
They utterly failed to contextualize North Korea’s threat, which, while serious, is one they have been making for years. The international community is certainly right to be outraged over their construction of a nuclear warhead, but, remember, they’ve been promising to turn Seoul, South Korea, into a “sea of fire” since 1994.
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