The New York Times has been having a bit of a crisis lately as it tries to embrace the world of new media. The paper has been trying to liven up its online offerings with Facebook Live video, but even the Times’ public editor mostly dislikes the product so far.
— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) August 21, 2016
Liz Spayd wrote on Sunday that many live videos “are simply boring, by I imagine most anyone’s standards.” That all ended today, though, when CNN invited followers on social media to tune in to a live stream of vice presidential nominee Mike Pence getting a haircut in Norristown, Penn.
GOP vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence is getting a haircut. Watch now on Facebook live: https://t.co/BJpnlNAtw2
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 23, 2016
— The Appropriator (@worstposterever) August 23, 2016
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics I'll pass, thanks. Tweet me for the colonoscopy.
— Craig Ketelsen (@CAK561) August 23, 2016
But … maybe you don’t understand. This isn’t a YouTube video of Mike Pence getting a haircut; this is a LIVE VIDEO STREAM of Mike Pence getting a haircut.
@CNNPolitics You're kidding, right? RIGHT?
— Rodrigo Campos (@rodrigocampos) August 23, 2016
— Stephanie McNeal (@stephemcneal) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics Now back-waxing I would watch.
— Kevin Manahan (@KevinCManahan) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics Tune in next hour when Hillary Clinton gets a mani-pedi.
— Chuck Gamble (@ChuckGamble1968) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics Hey, I got a haircut this morning, where were you guys?
— Alex Weprin (@alexweprin) August 23, 2016
— Kevin (@Cascadia12) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics I'll Facebook live my next meal. Watch me eat a can of ravioli on fb live in 10 minutes.
— Mike Wickett (@mikewickett) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics I'm pretty sure people would be more interested in a literal dumpster fire.
— Tiny Elvis (@tinyelvisbkwd) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics You studied for years at J-school for this, didn’t you?
— mark-_____:newton. (@NewtonMark) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics What do you people tell your parents you do for a living?
— CDS (@Ptsk) August 23, 2016
That's some awesome journalisming, @CNNPolitics. You should be proud.
— Wiser Time (@wiser4thetime) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics how about more of a heads up next time?
— Richard D (@d0ppr) August 23, 2016
@CNNPolitics What? I knew nothing of this impending "hair•cut". WHERE was the Mike Pence Haircut Countdown Clock, huh? WHAT GOOD ARE YOU?!?!
— TocksNedlog (@gypsyluc) August 23, 2016