International news outlet CNN angered its audience Tuesday after it chose to focus on the reported divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie instead of other pressing issues, including the recent killing of two black men by police.
Twitter users reacted with rage after CNN made the Brangelina breakup their top story, even as news was breaking about the Tulsa, Oklahoma police shooting of unarmed Terrence Crutcher.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) September 20, 2016
@DriveSlow_Homie You mean an unarmed man, people need to quit trying to incite a race war for the powers that be.
— Chris (@deadpixel99) September 22, 2016
The public execution of Terence Crutcher nowhere to be found on CNN but Bradgelina’s divorce made the top headline
— M B W (@mattboywhite) September 20, 2016
As Esquire magazine notes, CNN interrupted its coverage at the U.N. refugee roundtable to break the news about the divorce.
— CNN Entertainment (@CNNent) September 20, 2016
CNN’s prioritisation of celebrity gossip over important international news, though not surprising, sheds a light on the US news media’s obsession with superficial, inconsequential news about pop culture. It was only a few years ago that MSNBC interrupted a congresswoman talking about NSA reform to break news about Justin Bieber’s arrest.
So what should CNN have been covering instead of obsessing over Brad and Angelina’s divorce? Here are five headlines that are much more deserving of the top story slot:
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