It's not because it's bad news and it's depressing. No, this morning, the timer on the TV went off (my wife keeps it on so she wakes up to shitty local news) and a news program was on.
First story: Israel's invasion of Gaza
Second story: John Travolta's son dies
Third story: Suicide bomber in Iraq
Fourth story: Series of massive earthquakes in Indonesia
Okay, what the FUCK is up with reporting on Travolta's kid wedged in before two far more important stories? I'm not trying to diminish Mr Travolta's loss, and I'm sure his imaginary alien friends are consoling him right now, but who in the fuck cares about this other than his family and friends? Especially after, what, three fucking full days of telling us he died and how it happened? It wasn't even like the kid was a celebrity himself. Leave that shit for the fucking E! News assholes to gossip about so the rest of us don't have to hear about it.
It reminds me of the dead toddler in Florida. Yes, it's a horrible situation, and her mother needs to rot in jail where she'll be passed around forever by larger women in exchange for cigarettes. But did the media really need to camp out in front of this woman's house for months and report every day, "We have nothing new to report"?
Or the good old Anna Nicole Smith case. No one gave a flying fuck about that wack job before she died; why did even the supposedly respectable sources like CNN go to 24-hour coverage of the case? Honest, I know I've said it before, but it should have been two sentences: "Former model and actress Anna Nicole Smith died today in the Bahamas of a suspected drug overdose. She was 39." That's IT. No one cares beyond that. Bo Diddley barely got that much attention, and he's one of the fucking inventors of rock & roll.
Man, this is why I listen to NPR and watch BBC News, since they know when a story is stupid and meaningless, as well as read my own news online where I can skip all the stupid shit.
*--For behavior unbecoming anyone, perpetrated in real time over an extended--AH, FUCK IT! MORE MALIBU, BITCHES!!