Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coverage that just won't quit

I am not going to say anything about this "Balloon boy" scam, hoax, farce, whatever you want to call it, other than to add myself to the growing list of those who are disgusted at the media circus surrounding it.

Everytime something outrageous happens, from O.J. to JonBenet, Elian & Anna Nicole, Michael Jackson, Princess Di, a polygamist ranch in Texas, a Governor on the Appalachian trail, a Congressman in an airport john—the media thinks it must show 24/7 coverage of tragic or absurd events, basically the same 60 seconds of clips hashed and rehashed on an endless loop (paused for commercial breaks). The saddest thing of all is that much of the country tunes-in, rotting their brains with this useless, trivial information & baseless speculation. If we didn't keep watching they wouldn't keep showing this garbage because advertisers base their contracts on ratings...

To those interested in learning about what happened in the real world today (other than the mainstream media's continued airing of the new hit reality TV show 'The Hennes') I suggest you watch our tax dollars and private contributions being put to good use for a change on: The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

For a little news, some comic relief, and some surprisingly accurate satire on the disgrace that has become our media and political system: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

For highly informative interviews and no commercials: The Charlie Rose Show

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