Politico's Byers: Viewers Sick of Overdone Flight 370 Coverage

Monday, 24 Mar 2014 09:50 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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TV viewers, and even the news anchors they watch, are weary of the wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, particularly at CNN, Politico media reporter Dylan Byers says.

"There are probably a lot of people at CNN who are getting really exhausted with covering this story and would like to turn to something else," Byers told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"You can tell when some of the anchors are starting to entertain . . . supernatural theories that it's probably time to switch over to a new story.

"The story has gone long enough and certainly it's gone long enough for the families who are involved in it, and I think they want some closure in all of this. There's just a lot going on in the world right now that probably deserves more attention," he said Monday.

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Byers says cable news networks, in vying for big ratings, have gone overboard in flashing the phrase "breaking news" on screen to the point of overkill — and it's bound to backfire.

"Eventually you're going to get to the point where people are going to watch CNN and it's going to say breaking news and maybe there will be breaking news, but they'll think this is the same old thing we've seen," Byers said.

"[That] they are just saying this to sort of rope us in and get us to not change the channel. People are going to get really tired of it. Look, people don't like feeling like they are being duped. They just don't."


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