Everything just cant be 'breaking news'

Breaking news.

The term has become so commonplace in recent years that I am getting sick and tired of hearing it. Turn on any news station or watch most any television newscast and you are likely to hear the phrase shouted at you or streamed across the screen, suggesting you better prepare yourself for a falling meteor or the eruption of a new volcano outside Roanoke or Front Royal.

With your attention fully focused on the screen, you then discover the critical news story will be reported right after the commercial break, so the station can tout the newest hemorrhoid medication to viewers first. So much for a major news event that brings time to a standstill.

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