Yesterday, for the most part, the news headlines revolved around what you’d expect, namely, the Secret Service Chief who’s got some explaining to do; ISIS militants who scare the shit out of me and of whom I want to know as much as possible (as well as anything else going on in the Middle East); a grassroots uprising in Hong Kong for democracy that is taking on steam and some other bits and pieces about Ebola and the passing of Ruby Dee.
But my TV happened to be on NBC’s Today Show as I got ready for work in the 7:00 am hour. What does that mean you ask? Well let me share with you.
MY news yesterday morning led with the marriage of George Clooney and whoever the hell he married. On a show where a 30 second interview is considered a LONG TIME, they devoted at lease 3-5 MINUTES on the coverage. What they did all weekend, what they were wearing, how they arrived to the various locations in Venice, who attended the various parties, what was trending on social media, blah blah blah blah blah. At one point I swear to God I thought the British correspondent on the scene was going to pee his pants when he started talking about how “ANY MINUTE” they would be pulling up to some soggy building in Venice to sign the official documents.
What the heck is that about?
Don’t get me wrong. I happen to love George Clooney. I think he’s a good actor and he’s definitely not too hard on the eyes. Yes, he’s been single a long time and has had many many MANY girlfriends in his 54 years but for Christ’s sake, he’s not ROYALTY! He’s just a single guy who happens to be in movies, has movie star good looks and has commitment issues!
Point me to any street corner in LA or NY (or Peoria for that matter) and a I’ll show you a million of them. In fact, if you take out the part about being in movies and movie star good looks, you’ve just described 90% of the male population from the age of five until…well…death! Not sure why I’m supposed to care enough about his wedding to forego ACTUAL NEWS first thing in the morning.
Again, I love me some good gossip. I read “People” and “Entertainment Weekly” from time to time. I’ve been known to spend an odd 30 minutes or so watching E! I never miss Project Runway, Love It or List It or Ink Masters and the only magazines I get are Marie Claire and HGTV.
I’m not a total twit after all.
But when it comes to what’s really important in the world I’d like to know that my news networks understand how to prioritize and balance what’s happening in a world that includes Hollywood without excluding Washington and the Middle East and my local news. I’d like to know that there are still some real journalists in the world who just report the news rather than opine on what Hillary is wearing or what Michelle’s hair looks like this week. I want more than fluff at 7:00 am people!!!! I want hard hitting news that has it’s blow softened by Chelsea’s new baby and Lady Antebellum’s new single, not replaced by it.
I want to know what is going on in the world first, then in Washington, then in my region (including weather and traffic) and then, only if there’s time, I’ll listen to chatter about George and his new wife.
Is that too much to ask from the Today show? On NB-freaking-C? Please don’t tell me I have to start watching Imus with the hubs?
Nevermind, there’s always NPR.