Do you remember the week that was? North Korea threatening to blow up HAWAII??? Gov. Mark Sanford admitting to some Argentine “gov luv?” The Iran election protests turning into violence and the images of reformists and bystanders dying in the streets? Did you know these things are still news?
I love Michael Jackson’s music, but I honestly need the TV news to get back to reporting SOME news. I’m so starved I’m actually looking forward to David Gregory’s annoying version of Meet the Press with David Axelrod Sunday. The big three cable newsers have so little to add to the MJ death story it’s embarrassing. In most cases they have resorted to third and fourth hand knowledge, talking to doctors who never treated Jackson and delving into gossip, hearsay and conjecture. His death has become and excuse to rehash every allegation, every quirk and every court case, but most of it is of little substance.
But while they sit around for hours talking about how Jackson is still dead and still controversial, NEWS is happening somewhere in the world. I’m not saying they shouldn’t cover Jackson. They should. He is/was the biggest star in the world, but can’t they tone this back to hourly updates? Iran blew up and didn’t get this kind of breathless coverage. I don’t need to see Al Sharpton on every channel talking about Jackson. It’s the same interview every time. If you have nothing new to add, don’t add anything, Mr. 24-hour News. Go cover some politics or ANYTHING. I actually watched a baseball game the other night because I couldn’t take the news coverage anymore. And I loathe America’s Pastime.
Unless you’re a music video channel, please, show me some meat and potatoes news to go with my commemorations. I’m dying over here.