Monday, February 11, 2013

That's Not How Asteroids Work

Ever wonder why no one watches CNN anymore?  Of course you don't.  You just figure it's because their reporting sucks.  And if the clip below is any indication, well, you'd be right.  (And it is an indication.  And their reporting does suck.  I'm merely pointing it out.)  What we have here is astounding.  A CNN anchor is about to have on Bill Nye the Science Guy  (I'm pretty sure that's his full name) to ask him about this fairly large asteroid that is going to buzz right by our planet.  It's close.  It's big.  But most importantly, it's an asteroid.  That's why it's all the more amusing to hear the anchor chick ask Mr. Science Guy "What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?"  Oh, good Lord.  I'm sorry, what now?  What was that incredibly ridiculous thing you just asked?

Has this person never heard of an asteroid?  I mean, she obviously has no clue as to what they are, right?  Why else would you ask if an asteroid coming close to Earth has anything to do with global warming?  No, cupcake, I don't think that someone's failure to drive a Prius is going to cause a giant rock to slam into the planet.  I'm pretty sure that's not how asteroids work at all.  How did this woman get her job?  They need to have a little talk with her (using small, monosyllabic words) about not ad-libbing a lot with the guests.  Just ask things like, "So, what's up?"  And then see where it goes.  It can't possibly be any worse than asking if global warming is responsible for the path of an asteroid.  Can it?

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