5.04.2005

Still Tuned Out...

Last week, North Korea held weapons testing, Bush tried to buck up support for his Social Security plan, several car bombs exploded in Iraq, and the election in the UK began to heat up.

What was the top story on CNN the other day?

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are dating.

My first impression, to be honest, was ew. Then it was skepticism, and then it was wondering once again why this was a top story on CNN (as well as almost every other news outlet).

Tuned Out once again got me to thinking about how journalism has morphed over the last few years.

No longer do we expect "serious news" to cover entertainment or sensationalism, but as the reality of less newspapers sold and a generation less in touch with the news of the country and the world descends, journalists feel they are forced to cover these topics to draw in the readership, and try to shove some "serious" information their way while they are at it.

How sad.

Further sad is that we all eat it up.

Now, I'm the first to admit I'm a sucker for entertainment news (I'm a big devotee of Trent and Lawren), but not at the expense of quality journalism and story coverage on what's really happening in the world.

Having said that, I'm still thinking ew on Katie and Tom.

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