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29 January 2007 @ 07:43 am
Celebrity News Displaces "Real" News  
My sympathies to Angelina Jolie for the loss of her mother to cancer, but I think she would agree with me that this news doesn't belong in the top section of CNN's main web page, 9th headline from the top. That's what the Entertainment section is for. I'm sure Hollywood stars appreciate publicity, but even they have to wonder how news of their lives has reached this level of prominence. Once upon a time one had to read the gossip column or an entertainment magazine to get this kind of information. Now, even those of us who normally don't wish to follow every development in the personal relationships of the stars are bombarded with it. Does anyone else wonder what news gets displaced by such reporting? Is there anyway to stuff this particular genie back in his or her entertainment news bottle?

I suggest we all start writing to our favorite news media outlets and urge them to put this type of news back where it belongs and return to substantive reporting of the events that are currently unfolding in these turbulent times. History is being made--but will the future judge us for being so preoccupied with Brangelina and Madonna's adoption that we failed to pay attention?
axolotl9: 2006axolotl9 on January 29th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
beating a dead horse
and the current top story on the CNN website is that Barbaro, last year's Kentucky Derby winner, had to be euthanized today after further complications with his broken leg.

Tapatitapati on January 29th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: beating a dead horse
Oh my. Clearly this is a tragedy of epic proportions.

Really, even an avid animal lover and vegetarian such as myself can't imagine why this is front page news. Makes me want to cry--or shoot somebody.