Huh? What lie about bringing it back? I haven't seen anything about bringing it back for anything. Where did you see that?
They mentioned pre-planned events like elections. The bandwidth that was used by the channel is now elsewhere, it won't be something that they will put up on the fly anytime there's breaking news.
And really yesterday's coverage on a mix channel would have just spread misinformation further. We had the media giving out a name that they were 100% aware wasn't from a source who was authorized to release the name, which we later learned was for obvious reasons. Along with some networks continuing to plaster the guy's Facebook photo on the screen, even though it was already confirmed that the shooter was dead, hours after word started coming out that the guy they shown was tweeting and posting updates saying it was not him, which should have set off a red flag that (a) they got the wrong guy's facebook profile and should probably stop showing it ASAP until they got further information or (
their source, who wasn't even authorized to give the name out yet, got the wrong guy. (It later turned out to be his brother so not only is his life in turmoil right now with two of his family members dead, they falsely accused him and put his face out there in the open, and coverage on media sites who have yet to print a retraction and just left the original article up there with no correction, so it will probably come back to hurt him in potential job interviews in a few years) Some networks even parked cameras in front of yet another person with the same name's mother's house in New Jersey, who came out to say its not her, and they remained there, even though it was already known that the mother was one of the victims. Apparantly they all forgot how common a name like Ryan is and didn't bother to think how common that last name would be in New Jersey...
So the only thing the news mix would have accomplished is people seeing the wrong guy's picture on msnbc, CBS or Fox News, flipping there thinking they're going to get some new details first, seeing it, reposting his picture all over facebook, tumblr or wherever saying bad things about him, liking pages created by ignorant people too dumb to take down the page after the facts came out, making his life even further hell, and then flipping back to another network like ABC or CNN, who never showed the picture and didn't have to say anything about that picture being of the wrong guy, just had to make a correction about the name. And unless you were watching them 24/7 and the later coverage late that night when the actual facts were released by someone authorized to say so (as opposed to some eager low officer or gov't official who was never involved in an investigation leaking incorrect details early), you might never know the guy who you just trashed on Facebook was wrongly accused and lost two family members or if you do, you'll just think the media has the correction covered and leave it up since its now burried by instagram pictures of your dinner and random updates about your Farmville and Chefville. Fast forward 5 years, when like usual everyone outside of the people directly involved forgets all the names involved and the details of the case, the potential employer will just see all these unchecked and incorrect articles and blog posts about him and think the guy you're thinking of hiring got away with some murder in the past. If you want to follow a breaking news story in full, you're better off sticking to one network from start to finish or wait it out until the actual details are released later that night instead of jumping around to multiple networks, each with their own coverage spreading different levels of unconfirmed information at different times that was later proven to be wrong as not every network needs to correct the same things. (i.e. ABC and CNN only needed to correct the name and age, others had to say the picture was the wrong guy, others had the wrong death count at times, some could even face a lawsuit for leaving his picture on the screen and website for several hours and just editing the articles to say they were initially given wrong info as the time went by pretending they never had the picture up, meanwhile leaving the same user comments up that referred to him by name and linked to his facebook profile, instead of deleting the article entirely and issuing a proper retraction to clear his name and image)
I doubt they'll bring it back for anything else, the inauguration is basically a pool feed, outside of the biased commentary from both sides, so most people already know who they're going to watch if they're going to watch it. Maybe for hurricanes, but they seem to do fine with the full screen coverage of local channels that rotates as the storm progresses.
Edited by KyL416, 15 December 2012 - 03:23 PM.