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February 21, 2007
On Anna Nicole Smith, The Iranian Threats To Destroy The West, Defeating The Terrorists In Iraq, Saving The World From The Terror Of Radical Islam, And Feeding The World's Hungry And PoorTopics: Follies of the Mainstream Media
According to Thinkprogress.org, NBC's Nightly News devoted 14 seconds to Iraq compared to three minutes and 13 seconds to the death of Anna Nicole Smith.I know, I know; your at a loss as to what Anna Nicole Smith has to do with the Iranian threats to destroy the West, defeating the terrorists in Iraq, saving the world from the terror of radical Islam, and feeding the world's poor, hungry, and down trodden. Of course Anna Nicole Smith has absolutely nothing to do with any of the terribly important issues that we are facing today, but you wouldn't know that from the cable news media. Just try to get some news on anything other than the wall to wall coverage of who gets Anna Nicole's body and you'll see what I mean. I've been spot-checking the cable news channels all day long (surely, you're wondering if I have a real life), and it's virtually nothing but the courtroom drama of who gets Anna Nicole's body, overseen by what's got to be most bizarre performance by a judge in the history of U.S. courts. And B&C confirms my observations, and reports that on cable, ANS tops all other coverage.
CNN referenced Anna Nicole 522 percent more frequently than it did Iraq.
MSNBC was even worse: 708 percent more references to Anna Nicole than Iraq.
For the first time since the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) launched its weekly news content survey last month, a different story led in each of the five sectors in tracks last week--print, online, network TV, radio and cable.Amy Shimaski-Defeo puts all this in the right perspective, noting:
Talk of a possible war with Iran was the top print story, Iraq war news topped online, winter storms got the most coverage on network TV news, Iraq policy led radio, but the continuing story on the death of former Playmate Anna Nicole Smith consumed more coverage than any other story on cable, said the survey, with more than twice as much coverage (20% of the news hole) as the second most-covered story, Iran, at 9%.
"... a helicopter goes down in Iraq or one of our soldiers dies, and they only get a brief, two-minute excerpt. What has this woman done for society, except warp the brains of our young girls who might think she is a role model?If only the cable media had such common sense.
Am I supposed to feel sorry for her? I feel sorry for the men and women who are dying for our country. Give each soldier who dies half the coverage that she got on TV about their short lives and accomplishments."
Which reminds me of the fact that my son returns from Iraq in 48 hours and I'm happy as hell about seeing him. While he and others like him have been risking their lives in the realities of Iraq and elsewhere, all in service to our great nation, far too many Americans are wrapped up in one fantasy after another, and anything other than what is relative to to the survival of our civilization.
As for the final resting place of Anna Nicole Smith's body, I really don't care, nor will I be following the courtroom drama. However, while the mom is likely to have made a lot of parenting mistakes, in my mind parenthood trumps the hell out of whatever Howard K. Stern is or was. Give the mom the body and let's be done with it. After all, Stern's the jerk that took this video of a barely functional, stammering and stuttering, Anna Nicole Smith, and then rhapsodized about how much money the clip will be worth:
Very Much Related: Anna Nicole is gone, yes--but so is Marine Sgt. Frazier:
He was an American hero. On his second "tour of duty" in Iraq, he had already served in the Western Pacific and a prior combat tour in Afghanistan. On Friday afternoon, Feb. 16, when Sgt. Joshua Frazier, U.S. Marine Corps, was laid to rest in the soil of his native Virginia, his comrades in arms from the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines were fighting terrorists on the mean streets of Ramadi, in Iraq's bloody Al Anbar Province. As Sgt. Frazier's grieving mother was presented with a carefully folded American flag, the Congress of the United States was debating a meaningless "nonbinding resolution" attacking the commander in chief.From Fredericksburg.com (print media) we learn more about Josh:
Joshua Frazier was no celebrity. He was a 24-year-old kid from Spotsylvania.Sgt. Josh Fazier's death wasn't reported on cable news, but the latest twists in Anna Nicole Smith's
He was, by all accounts, a good kid. When a friend had a death in the family, Josh would sit up with them all night, if need be. If someone he knew, even casually, was in the hospital, Frazier would spend hours visiting them. When he was home, Josh Frazier even slept with a teddy bear, one given to his mother when she was pregnant with him.
No one ever saw fit to base a reality series on his life. If they had, they would have focused on a young man who would party on Saturday night, but was always up for church on Sunday morning.
Josh Frazier collected guns and was a huge fan of Spider-Man.
Other coverage: Right Truth seems to have the same take on the Anna Nicole cable media circus as I do.
Posted by Richard at February 21, 2007 12:05 PM
The salacious details of a celebrity's life and death are much more entertaining than icky war and stuff. This is the Paris Hilton generation.
After all - there's like half a billion dollars at stake.
Posted by: beth at February 21, 2007 10:23 PM
You nailed it exactly - the Paris Hilton generation, and all its implications.
Posted by: Richard at February 22, 2007 6:19 AM
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