Sunday, May 01, 2005

News or the crap that passes for the news

So there's this new story out now on news stations, both television stations and radio commentators.. This lady "kidnapped" herself because she got cold feet before her wedding. Seriously. I'm not making this up. I wish I was, but I'm not. This is the crap that passes for news these days.

Scott & Laci Peterson.
Terry Schiavo
Elizabeth Smart.
JonBenet Ramsey.
Michael Jackson.

Why are these people so important? Why are HOURS, WEEKS, MONTHS of valuable, precious, expensive media space invested in such worthless crap? Now, I'm not saying that these people aren't valuable as people, as God's creations, but as worthwhile news stories, no. Well, MAYBE the Laci Peterson, because of the death/killing of the unborn child issue, but not ALL of the national attention that the case received was warranted. And MAYBE Terry Schiavo, but this had been going on for 15 years, so WHY was it finally so important that it riveted the nation for over a month and had Congress pass special dispensation to keep her alive for extra time?

WHAT MAKES THIS NEWS?? What makes this stuff SOOOO important that we don't get to actually get to hear what real news might be happening? I guess that's my point with these stories. It's not that there's not anything real there with those people, but what are the stories that the media is covering up by playing these all the time? What am I missing in Iraq? What about Afghanistan? What about that Osama Bin Laden guy? What about real discourse on social security? Or what even about talking about something liked conversation upon how to restructure our economy to actually have sustainable energy to relieve our nation's dependence upon foreign oil?

Why are we NOT talking about these things? Why are we talking about things that probably really don't matter in terms of true newsworthy, national events?

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