The case of the big white truck

His interest having been piqued by CNN’s intense coverage of the big white truck obscuring President Trump’s golf outing at Mar-A-Lago earlier this week, Mike Magnoli of the CBS News West Palm Beach affiliate turned his investigative skills to the case. He tracked down the truck. He found that the vehicle belonged to the sheriff’s department. He determined, however, contrary to the heavy breathing at CNN, that the truck was not intended to block reporters’ views of Trump golfing.

CNN appears to have closed its file on the case of the big white truck, but not before demonstrating its nose for news, its news judgment, and its investigative ineptitude. Having treated it as a potential scandal worthy of continuing coverage, CNN was scooped by a local reporter who got to the bottom of the case. It might have taken Magnoli as much as an hour or two to get the job done.

CNN has covered the case of the big white truck at a fever pitch of intensity since Wednesday. The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross notes that a TV broadcast search engine shows that the network mentioned the truck 33 separate times between Wednesday and Friday. Ross has also compiled a useful set of screenshots documenting CNN’s obsessive interest in the case.

Omri Ceren has been calling out CNN and others for their lack of coverage devoted to the ongoing protests in Iran. Omri took note of this CNN tweet from the early morning hours:

Ne noted:

He also picked up on this CNN tweet promoting another big story yesterday.

Omri commented:

As their catchphrase has it, this is CNN.

UPDATE: Omri updates his coverage to observe that CNN has gotten around to what’s going on in Iran…in its own way.

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