George who?

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.

Really?

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.

Namaste

5 thoughts on “George who?

  1. But he is royalty… since you kicked ours out in 1776 you need to replace it with someone… 😉

    Real journalism… hmmm… sadly lacking these days I get more angry at how stories are reported than anything else now. Some years back my sons school came under attack from the local tv news programme. There was a story of a document with some comments about pupils found in a public place – true that was a serious mistake that needed dealing with. However, the woman who found it gave it to the journalist not the school and that was wrong. Return it and then tell the news not the other way round. Actually the comments were not written by anyone at that school, the school issued a statement to all parents about it. They didn’t tell the news programme (supposedly… I don’t believe that). Some weeks later another story about a fight on the school grounds being on youtube – true, can’t deny that. But all the boys in the fight were not in uniform, my assumption is that the fight was out of school hours and the school is a huge open campus anyone can easily gain entry. Poor security? Maybe.. a sign of lack of discipline… er… questionable. Anyway the reporter raised the previous document thing. I complained saying the school had explained that the comments were not from the school (that’s when I learnt they claimed they’d never seen the apology document). I ended up on the phone to the news editor. Interesting conversation… he had been to a nearby school where there has been a history of animosity between that school and the school in question for at least a generation – I should know I went there and have continued living in the same town all my life! Someone still bearing some school boy grudge and using his position in appropriately. I was so so so angry about it all. I don’t trust any journalism now

      1. You know you never have to apologize to me. I love your rants.

        Except this time I don’t think it’s a rant. I think it’s just the truth. I miss Walter Cronkite.

        Sherry

  2. Having got that off my chest… why are you worried about IS, ISIL or ISIS (take your pick?) It’ll take years for them to have a serious impact on our shores. To me I wonder if this is just the natural development of one of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions? I mean when Christianity was about a thousand years old it had a few hundred years of bonkers violent religious fervour going into the “heathen” lands to “reclaim” them for the Christian church etc. So the Moors invaded Spain etc. in the middle ages but then were repelled – is this just a continuation of that and at some point they’ll calm down a bit like the Christians did? I have often wondered how an Afgan shepherd really feels when these aliens arrive to tell him that they are delivering his freedom so he can buy coke and his daughter go to school… both concepts that no doubt seem as alien as the troops with their helicopters, night goggles etc.

    So… I can’t deny I wish we’d done more in Syria but we stood back and let that disaster unfold and now we have to deal with the outcome of that… just like we’ll have to in Libya again at some point… Often think in all maybe we’d be best leaving it all alone or actually doing it probably, but that needs the UN to all agree and that’ll never happen

  3. I agree with you completely. This has been going on since the dawn of time and won’t stop because I want it to. I think I worry because of what’s become of our current administration and our congress. We need term limitations over here in the worst way. Like NOW.

    Sherry

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