Top 3 News Stories that Need to Go Away

March 6, 2008

There are over 200 countries in the world. We are supposedly in an era of globalization. Then why not take a big step back, take a look at the world news, and report on issues that affect us globally?

A lot of people in the News business will tell you that Americans want to hear about the latest kidnapped college student, office shooting spree, or politician’s extramarital affair. I call bullshit. “If it bleeds, it leads.” Whatever.

It may be subjective what is or is not relevant to one’s daily life. But here are 3 stories I would argue that get WAY too much coverage, given what little significance they have on the average American.

1. Fat Baseball Players, Steroids, and the U.S. Congress

Roger Clemens

Apparently, the use of  drugs to cheat AT A GAME is worth the time of the U.S. Congress and every cable news channel. Think about all the lying and cheating from the Bush administration alone that Congress could be spending it’s time on. Nope. Baseball. It’s pure, it’s American — it’s bullshit. This isn’t just a waste of time and energy, it’s a waste of our tax dollars. The next time this soap opera rears it’s ugly head, ask yourself: do you really care if Roger Clemens (or anyone else) shoots steroids in their ass?

2. Drew Peterson and His Missing/Dead Wives

Drew Peterson

He’s a slimeball ex-cop. He kills his wives. He makes it look like an accident. How could this possibly affect the world at large? Why follow this story on the news? Put it in the tabloids and get over it.

3. Murder Suicides

It happens everyday, yet it is still eagerly reported as “breaking news”: someone who is mentally ill, desperate, or just plain evil shoots a bunch of people before killing themselves. Sometimes it’s a family, sometimes it’s a school, sometimes it’s a random public place, but it’s always the same report: Why did they do this? What drove them to the edge?

Funny how easy it is for the news to raise the questions and then not even think about really addressing them. They just show the same footage of police tape over and over again. When was the last time you heard one of these violent stories reported in the context of gun control? Diminishing social services? Mental illness and the taboo of clinical therapy to treat it? If these tragedies aren’t going to be used to help us understand ourselves and the environment we live in, then they might as well not be reported as news — they’re really just CSI sensationalized drama filler.

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