Is there a term for the opposite of a slow news day? I doubt it would be a fast news day, as I think that would imply a lot of big stories happening, and news crews frantically jumping around between all of them, instead of ignoring all but the biggest. I am going to venture a guess that there isn’t such a term because, on the opposite of a slow news day, there is too much to report to sit around thinking of something to call it, and if they did, no free airtime to tell us. But whether or not it has a term, I am going to call it Thursday, June 28th.
This past Thursday is the most news heavy day I can think of. And when the news is overloaded, we tend to see a couple of big stories, and the rest are under reported, if at all. (West Wing fans know this as take out the trash day, i.e. release the stories you don’t want reported while everyone is looking the other way.)
The Obamacare ruling was almost enough to drown everything out. If you get your news from Politico, you could have read over 20 different articles on the ruling before even realizing that the House voted to hold Holder in contempt (which is amazing considering this is the first time in history the Attorney General has been held in contempt of Congress). So, if for some reason you want more Obamacare coverage, you can find it H E R E (each letter a different link). And Holder/ Fast and Furious coverage H E R E.
Now that we are beyond that, here is what would have made the news if Thursday were a normal news day:
The Stolen Valor Act, which prohibits wedding crashers from donning fake purple hearts to get free drinks, was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court 6 – 3
California passed a balanced budget, overcoming a $15.7 Billion deficit with cuts in social services and “temporarily” raising taxes by $8 billion.
Convictions notwithstanding, Sandusky will continue to receive his $59,000/year pension, partially taxpayer funded, including while in prison.
Julian Assange, remaining safely inside Ecuador’s London embassy, received notice that the British gov plans to extradite him to Sweden as Ecuador considers granting political asylum.
Soldier kills fellow soldier, wounds himself and another in shooting at Ft. Bragg
NBC kicked Ann Curry off the Today show (expletive NBC)
The board of News Corp has approved a plan to split the company into an entertainment company and a publishing company
Insurrection in Syria continues and Turkey moves military forces to the boarder
The annual Congressional Baseball Game. Dems won 18 – 5 and Ron Paul was inducted into the hall of fame with a record of 7 games, 6 runs, 6 RBIs, and a 1979 out-of-the-park home run, the first since the tradition started in 1909
SCOTUS dismissed First American Financial v. Edwards, although, if you haven’t heard of it by now, you will probably have no interest in the subject matter (Congress’s power to create statutory rights enforceable through a private right of action versus limits to Art. III of the Constitution. You know, the kind of stuff Jack Bauer was always yelling about on 24.)
Italy beat Germany 2-1 in Euro soccer semi-final while simultaneously asking Germany for help with its massive debt
New models show JPMorgan losses could be high as $9 Billion
So there you go. Some of stories you would have seen had Thursday not been the busiest news day since the creation of the 24 hour news cycle.