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Twitter hoax? CNN anchor ripped for apparently non-existent ‘Godzilla’ joke about Japanese earthquake

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Jeff Poor
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While all of the details of this morning’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan are still somewhat unclear, sensitivities have hit a fever pitch, at least on the social networking website Twitter.

Early this morning, as details were still breaking, CNN anchor Rosemary Church was attacked on Twitter for making a “Godzilla” joke on-air. The incident popped up on Ad Age’s Simon Dumenco’s radar, who was skeptical of the claim. He pointed out that “literary blogger” Maud Newton, who describes herself as a “NPR contributor,” was encouraging people to watch Al-Jazeera over CNN:

And at the moment, Twitter’s search engine is showing that the most-retweeted recent tweet mentioning Godzilla is from @maudnewton, literary blogger Maud Newton (full disclosure: years ago I hired her to do a bit of consulting for a media start-up I was running), who wrote: “For news of the disaster, you might prefer streaming Al-Jazeera to watching CNN anchor giggle about Godzilla.” She then linked to a post by blog pioneer Jason Kottke titled “Al-Jazeera’s Coverage of the Japanese Earthquake,” in which he wrote,

If you haven’t already heard, Al-Jazeera had (and continues to have) some of the best coverage of earthquake and tsunami in Japan … Contrast with CNN, which was apparently home to giggles and Godzilla jokes as the quake was being reported. In the last three or four big events in the world, Al-Jazeera has had the best coverage … is this a changing of the guard?

Kottke linked to an outraged tweet from @somebadideas: “Fuck you @CNN your anchor is giggling & talking about monster movies while you’re showing waves sweep entire homes away.” But no one on Twitter (or YouTube, for that matter) seems to have a link to video of the alleged CNN lapse in judgment.

However, after a review of the 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. ET hours of CNN’s coverage of the Japanese earthquake, there appears to be no mention of Godzilla and no indication of joking or giggling. The only thing that came close was CNN correspondent Matt Alt’s account of the scene, describing it as a “monster movie.”

“Well, the epicenter of the earthquake was in a prefecture called Iwate, which is several hundred kilometers north of Tokyo,” Alt said. “And I think the footage that we are seeing largely of these waves of debris – it’s almost like a monster movie. You’re seeing this stuff wiping out entire sections of coastline and it’s all generally from that area. Also Hokkaidō, the northernmost island of Japan is taking a major hit and we’re seeing a lot of footage – water washing over farmland and other places near to the coastline. And there’s even been some heart-wrenching footage of cars racing away from the water. Unfortunately, we don’t know if those people made it away or not.”

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  • Stoat

    An interesting series of elements which paint a very troubling picture….the combination of NPR’s long and undeniable Left-wing slant; their (former) CEO firing Juan Williams in a particularly ham-handed and messy fashion after he DARED to suggest that he felt uneasy around people dressed in full muslim garb; another NPR bigwig busted in an on-camera sting for meeting with supposed members of an Islamic terrorist front group for the purpose of accepting a five million dollar “donation” from them for his beloved NPR; and now NPR’s tentacles are out on twitter and other social media urging people to watch Al-Jazeera, which has been from its beginning the go-to outlet for any Muslim terrorist with a video of a beheading of an American or a non-Muslim.

    Combined, these pieces of the puzzle form an image of NPR as not only being viscerally anti-American but extremely friendly with and quite supportive of organizations who hold similar values as those who murdered thousands of Americans on 9/11.

    The reason why Daily Caller readers and all American taxpayers are being forced to fund NPR is what, exactly?

    How would Americans in the 1940′s have felt it it came to light that their tax dollars were being directly shunted to Imperial Japan in order to fund their Tokyo Rose broadcasts? And what if those broadcasts had been emanating from American soil, with the imprimateur of approval from the American Government?
    I rather doubt that Americans would have put up with such a monstrous insult for very long back then, nor should we now.

  • machiavelli

    Isn’t this an actionable trade liable, Rupert?

  • bozsbusiness

    The libs will do anything to cut into Fox’s ratings. Nobody will watch MarxSocialistNBC so they are floating Al-Jazeera.

  • ProgressivesRfools

    Most have missed the hidden agenda that is truly pushing this story. The Godzilla and monster trash is just a way to slander a competitor of Al-Jazeera. Everyone knows Al-Jazeera is owned and operated by Muslim’s who support radical fanatics preaching Jihad. The only real surprise is that this type of attack has not been used on FOX yet. But it is good to see the Progressives fighting with the Muslim Jihad supporters for 2nd place in the media wars.

  • libertyatstake

    Twitter continues to be a breeding ground for idiocracy. Tweet freakin’ tweet!

    d(^_^)b
    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

    • jar59

      Instant, knee-jerk reaction to any event, absent of thought or investigation of facts, transmitted to millions of other dim-witted boobs?

      How could this possibly be bad?