I know I'm in that category.
On the other hand, you had a thriving community of Reddit/HN/Twitter users, live scanner and BPD radio feeds, you can stream CBS Boston (local station 10x better than CNN) and a variety of other real-time (accurate) information.
This entire ordeal from Monday's incident to the community working together to pinpoint the suspects to today's manhunt at MIT will go down in history as a pivotal moment in the crowdsourced news movement.
Business/Sports have already been broken out into their own channels by most outlets, due to different viewer demographics, which is also nice because they have very different presentation styles. News outlets also need to figure out what they're doing on their main channel, or break it up further.
* Are they delivering summaries of today's important events around the world like a nightly news program? If so most viewers will watch for one cycle, and you can deliver them a high quality, well produced report.
* Are they focusing on a 'live' breaking news event? If so maybe they should just be silent and listen to the police scanners, with occasional narration. Every 15 mins you could give an update "this is what we know so far" for people just tuning in.
* Are they doing the whole talking-head thing where experts/politicians are being interviewed and debates are happening? If so you could have 30-60 minutes per topic for today's news.
IMHO, all of these are best suited with different presentation styles... news presenter vs narrator vs debate moderator. Unfortunately they're trying to do all three, which just doesn't work.
Real time news isn't bad. Real time, 24 hour "news" is bad. That's how you get manufactured news stories, or media outlets creating/becoming the news.
It is an article talking about a kid who went missing a month ago who is thought to be one of the suspects.
I'm now completely convinced that story is total fucking bullshit.
Never really used Twitter lists before but this one shows the true capability of having an aggregate list of important information on what is turning out to be chaos in the Watertown area.
friend of mine who had a first hand account of the standoff