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Friday, February 09, 2007

Why Is This Such Big News?!?

Ok, apparently, unless you've been living in a cave or don't have internet or a TV, you've heard that Anna Nicole Smith has died, at the "tender" age of 39. So, let me ask the obvious. WHY IS THIS SUCH BIG NEWS?!? Yes, the former porn star, playboy model, gold digger died suddenly and very shortly after her son died of unknown causes, but c'mon! More famous people have died, and they didn't interrupt REGULAR PROGRAMMING to report this. I mean, if you didn't know any better, you would have thought that this was the most important thing happening in the news yesterday. I mean, it was all over, non-stop. According to my sister, Oprah was interrupted to bring this late-breaking news story.

I half expected to see the news channels interrupt stories about deaths in Iraq or slaughters in Darfur to report this gargantuan news alert. Oh wait, there are no reporters in Sudan, so that genocide isn't really a big news story and not really happening. Seriously, is this the current state of American culture and the MSM? That this is front page headlines on anything other than entertainment and tabloid magazines is completely ridiculous. It was even news here, but at least, it was LAST PAGE and last segment news, and it was in a tiny article. No offense, I'm sorry she's dead because she's a human being, but who the hell cares this much? She is not this news worthy. She was never THAT famous, and the reasons that she is famous are disgusting and apprehensible in their own right. Can any-one tell me if they interrupted regular programing to report that Saddam had been hanged or captured? Seriously. Yesterday's events were just so laughable and ridiculous, I couldn't believe it. When pop-cultural icons die, they don't interrupt regular programing to report that. So, why was she so special to merit this kind of treatment in her passing? I just don't get it. Can some-one please explain it to me?

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At 1:48 PM, Blogger amechad said...

Well, I can tell you that they did interrupt the news when Saddam was captured!

Are you serious - they interrupted TV to report Anna Nicole Smith's death??!?!?!? DISGUSTING! More important people who contributed much more to the world (Milton Friedman ז"ל for example!!) and I'm sure they didn't interrupt Oprah for that!

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Well, you're not going to like me for this but Fox News was by far the worst offender. This non-story has been dominating B O'R, H&C and Greta Van Susteren for two days now. Every Fox contributor's gotta give his/her two cents (and unfortunately more too). I betcha it'll still be more of the same tonight.

It's really ridiculous that this silly person gets such media attention. My theory? The media are about creating advertising space, content has become secondary, almost a side effect.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Gert, oh I'm disgusted by Fox and all the cable news shows for giving in to this media whore show as well. I just don't understand it, and I totally agree with your assessment.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger shlemazl said...

Relax. Who cares? It's fun and she was kinda cute. Never heard of her till she died.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger aliyah06 said...

Sex and death sell more air time to escapist western watchers than misery, racism, starvation and genocide in the the real world--the latter makes them feel uncomfortable, while the former lets them "play detective" while engaging in schadenfreude...

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Well, besides the cable news shows, I really don't know much about the US's TV news landscape. Is there more besides cable and if so, are they different?

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

You have the networks and local news, and they were all talking about this.


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