With the White House seemingly going to a communications model of deep background, closed press, invitation-only off-the-record briefings, what’s a White House correspondent to do with his spare time? CBS News’ Mark Knoller has turned his attention to the skies, where an asteroid known as 1998 QE2 is today passing within 3.6 million miles of earth. He also found an opening to troll competitor CNN.

Speaking of the White House, it too was there to weigh in on today’s close encounter with the help of Bill Nye, the global warming guy.

Nye proved his science credentials earlier this year by clarifying for a CNN anchor that climate change is not known to attract meteors. But asteroids? Let’s ask the experts.

Here’s some good breaking news: that massive asteroid didn’t hit us.


June is saved!

Asteroid fly-bys really bring out the jokers, huh?

  • tcbaz

    CNN anchors should be made to ride unicycles on air

    • KansasGirl

      In a clown suit.

      • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

        Wearing a dunce cap.

        • https://twitter.com/deseeded tombee

          And give a bad name to all dunces…

        • KansasGirl


      • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

        Wearing a dunce cap.

  • Stone Bryson

    I can’t help myself, I like ol’ Mark on Twitter. He’s a trip…

  • Jeremy

    If people had a basic understanding on the scale on space, an impact of a major minor-planet (like asteroid, comet, meteor), is close to 0%.

    This is not real news, as it happens all the time undetected.

    • RedDog

      Most people don’t have a basic understanding of the constitution and our system of government. The only thing they know about space they learned by watching Star Trek & Star Wars. Sad… very sad.

      • https://twitter.com/deseeded tombee

        So star wars didn’t happen a long time ago in a galaxy far far away? I learned that in public school social studies!

  • nc

    Yet ANOTHER distraction.

    • Jeremy

      yeah very typical.

  • vetgal1970

    LOL How PO’d would the progressives BE? After selling their souls to the devil, all the lying and scheming, slowly nudging us into total domination, to get so close and have an asteroid wipe us all out?

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    Just one more reason to love Mark Knoller, an actual journalist and funny to boot.

  • Sandor at the Zoo

    It’s all fun and games until a dino killer smacks into your home planet.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Don’t be TOO hard on Matt! He’s gotta deal with the WPLR morning zoo.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Don’t be TOO hard on Matt! He’s gotta deal with the WPLR morning zoo.

  • jebjr

    I am beginning to wonder when CNN secretly merged with the Weather Channel. The past couple of weeks have been insane with the practically wall-to-wall coverage. If I wanted the Weather Channel, I know where to find it. Oh look…..there’s a cloud over my house…..waiting now for the CNN satellite truck!

  • JohnFLob

    CNN – Can’t Notice News