If you point an IRC client to chat.cnn.com and then join the channel #CNN_Newsfeed, you get a continuous transcript, all caps and in short lines, of what CNN is currently broadcasting on television.
Mark-Jason Dominus has written a gateway script that turns the text into more readable prose, which you can receive by IRC at us.slashnet.org, in the #cnn_mjd channel. He has also made available the Perl source for this filter.
I’m sure all us hackerly types can think of other interesting things to do with this feed in our copious free time. (Wishing I knew more about programming Mac OS X dock apps, me…)
Meanwhile: props to Slashdot for doing a fine job as an accessible information source through the thick of the horror. I picked up this and lots of other interesting pieces of news and meta-news from comments there.