Sunday, May 08, 2005

The Week's "Top Stories"

The key events of the past week, according to cable news and other media outlets:

1. Will the "Runaway Bride" be charged by authorities? Will she and her fiance still go ahead with the wedding?

2. Crucial developments in the Michael Jackson trial.

3. Did Paula Abdul have an affair with a contestant on "American Idol"?

BTW, in other news, Tony Blair was reelected as British Prime Minister; we caught the number 3 man in al-Qaeda; killed over 60 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan; and weathered a terrorist car bomb offensive in Iraq, scoring some major successes of our own in the process.

Judging by recent media coverage, it seems that we've gone full circle back to the summer of 2001. While al-Qaeda was planning the 9/11 atrocities, the big "news" stories were the disappearance of Chandra Levy and shark attacks. No, there are other things besides the War on Islamist Terror. The media can and should do more than report nothing but war news 24/7. However, the continued obsession with tabloid stories above all others does a major disservice to the American people.


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