Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Google Play Store conspiracies

I saw this post on /r/WayOfTheBern.  It claimed that CNN removed the August 11, 1993 episode of  Larry King Live from Google Play:

https://www.reddit.com/r/WayOfTheBern/comments/g84c25/cnn_removed_the_august_11th_1993_larry_king/

Here's the attached image:


Let's get one thing out of the way:  /r/WayOfTheBern is picking up the slack for /r/The_Donald.  It's a low-effort subreddit where people can post memes and conspiracy theories attacking Joe Biden and Democrats and the media in general.  It has 78,000 subscribers right now.  We'll see if that grows.

Now, for the conspiracy theory itself:  It's...weird.  I won't say it's impossible that CNN got the episode listing removed, but the OP makes no effort to explain how the Google Play Store works.  It should be noted that none of these Larry King Live episodes are watchable or purchasable.  Were they able to be watched or purchased in the past?  I don't fucking know.

It is odd how the August 11th episode is the only one in its row that's missing, but it's hard to say why that is unless you know how these listings were generated in the first place. 

Here's the link to the 1993 episode listings:

https://play.google.com/store/tv/show?id=7A759298BC2363D8SH&cdid=tvseason-40218FBD1AFA6A82SE

A notification says "This show is currently unavailable."  Wouldn't it be more interesting to figure out if the episodes were available at some point in the pastwhether on Google Play or through some other service or digital collection?

Some blogger named Patterico did a write-up about this conspiracy, and he embedded a tweet from a CNN employee named Matt Dornic who huffed and puffed but didn't really say how the listings were generated:

http://patterico.com/2020/04/26/about-that-conspiracy-theory-that-cnn-removed-a-critical-episode-of-larry-king-from-google-play/



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