Let’s reconsider the definition of breaking news

Screen shot 2013-03-05 at 2.22.17 PMWhen members of the “Modern Family” cast were stuck in an elevator last week, KSHB breathlessly called it breaking news, flashing a banner on the top of its website.

Eric Stonestreet, a KCK native who plays Cameron on the show, tweeted a photo of himself and castmates Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson making terrified faces at their plight. They were out of the elevator within an hour. Breaking news? Hardly.

Today, The Star’s website describes as breaking news a Wichita Eagle story about how the Kansas Department of Revenue has a lengthy list of banned vanity plates.

Hmm, where have I seen that story before?

In the Pitch last month. On Jalopnik in November. And in the Lawrence Journal-World before that. Now the AP has picked it up. Five months later.

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