Friday, August 8, 2008

Infidelity or War...What is Most Newsworthy?





The number one news item of the day today is...sadly enough...the infidelity admissions of John Edwards, former primary Presidential candidate for the Democrats. I came home after a couple of meetings looking for some news. On 4 of 5 news feeds from the USA, I could find no other story but...John Edward's infidelity and rumor of a "love child". Finally, on Bloomberg News I could finally find a report on the growing battlefront between Russia and Georgia...and the positive news that the DOW ended the week up over 305 points. What is it about our culture that elevates a politicians sex life or fidelity over other key news of the day? Instead of what CNN, FOX and the rest of the tabloid news agencies reported today...if I was news director, here are some of the stories you would have heard WELL AHEAD of any coverage of John Edward's sex life:
(These are all actual news headlines from the last couple days)

Islamic terrorists threaten Olympics in video, says US monitoring sources ...

A $2.3 Billion Loss for Fannie Mae...

As casualties in Iraq diminish, Afghan conflict grows more fierce...

US weighs military forays into Pakistan...

US marine to stand trial over murder of Iraqi prisoner...

Karadzic to deny genocide charges at UN trial ...

Israeli, Palestinian peace doesn't look promising...

US Consumer Credit Increases $14.3 Billion in June...

Big Brother's big mortgage bailout is a blow for responsible taxpayers...

John McCain blames Congress for energy crisis...Paris Hilton Solves the Energy Crisis


Ahh...but it was so much more entertaining to hear about all of John Edward's past peccadillo’s, his denials, re surfacing every video of every speech he ever made regarding integrity and fidelity. We sit watching this LONG LONG story with every pundit in American news heaping on their views and opinions. Various factions jump out onto the news stage saying "I told you so", "It was MY Scoop", "I talked to and prodded John Edwards first on this subject". All very proud American journalists these.

I'm not sitting here defending or excusing Mr. Edward's actions and lies. It is unfortunate that we live in a day and age where so many leaders lie to us, hold US to higher standards than they themselves live up to, and voluntarily go seeking the limelight when they know underneath the cloak of truth and honesty that naked they are no better than you or me.

But is seems to me even more sick that our modern day minds and attentions are forced to focus on these failings of individual men, while we ignore the various atrocities and attacks on freedom that are happening EVERY DAY while we lay sleeping. These smirking journalists and pundits all circling their prey with their "holier than thou" hypocrisy, prodding and poking to even know the underwear size of famous people.

I think I'd be further ahead just to go fishing...

3 comments:

Bibiana said...

Ed, yo creo tener la respuesta, los canales de television, los noticieros y todos los medios, estan buscando la noticia que mas televidentes obtengan para asi ganar mas plata por publicidad.

Entonces, la curiosidad morbosa de los televidentes, esta mas interesada en noticias de este tipo, como lo que paso con el Sr. Edwards, este tipo de noticias despierta una especie de fasinacion colectiva.

Por ende, van a tener mas gente viendo este tema que otro como las guerras, problemas mundiales, pobreza, calentamiento global, cualquier otro tema es menos interesante, que este tipo de escandalos.

Mas aun cuando estan involucradas personas publicas, politicos, jet set, hollywood, etc.

Pues se supone, que este tipo de gente debe dar buen ejemplo. Cuando comenten un error, son juzgados duramente, especialmente por la gente mojigata, que se escandaliza por estas cosas, pero quien sabe como tendran sus mentes y corazones???

Simple.

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Hank Robinson said...

True...John Edwards has done many great things for this country. Of course being in the line of work he is in and in the USA. You absolutely can't cross this line or you job is over.

Yes the economy and the war are all bad things. I find I like to read the Sports section and the Business section. I feel both are intertwined. Some will survive this economy and those are the ones that can survive anything.

Look at the Olympics right now. Check it out. If you are not at least smiling when you see the success you are not watching. The other night the American swimmers came back in a relay that looked to be impossible. Way behind the fastest swimmer in the world for the last leg. A loss for sure. And they come back and win.

When you see the other athletes for the USA you notice the melting pot of this country. The strength and power of this great country.

Yes we have a current "regime" that has done well to erode the value of the dollar in the world. But despite the great efforts we have a GDP that is unmatched in the world. We have an education system that is unmatched in the world. We have a middle class that works hard. We have ingenuity. People from other nations want to come here because of the spirit we offer for success.

To me what is most noteworthy is that the USA will survive. This is because of the people that make up the USA.