Monday, August 28, 2006
Let the navel gazing commence!
Quite frankly the dead white girl shark feeding frenzies we see from our media on a regular basis is an embarrassment. We have had two solid weeks of wall to wall Karr coverage for what? Has this warped coverage in any way enlightened us?
I can't begin to tell you how absolutely frustrating it is for someone who tries to stay informed on the important issues of the day to be bombarded by fluff. And it happens about once a month it seems. The MSM have gone from one time serious purveyors of information to across the board modern day National Enquirers. The last two weeks my poor wife has had to listen to me on a regular basis exclaim "WHO CARES!" or "ENOUGH!" as I waded through the news wasteland in search of non Karr related tidbits of "news".
Thank heavens there is now a light at the end of this tunnel... just another week or so of Karr fluff and we're through until the next feeding frenzy hits. If I have to hear one more breathless newscaster speculate on Karrs signature in a friends yearbook as relating to the ransom note I will keel over from an aneurysm! Even Olbermann (whom you can tell is just gnashing his teeth as he deadpans with blank stare on this type of story and his boss cracks the whip for him to cover this crap) led with Karr several times and devoted multiple segments to this non-story.
On a slightly different note, I would hereby like to give the conspiracy theory being posited by liberal talk radio host Thom Hartmann some play. After all, this conspiracy theory is more grounded in reality than the last couple of weeks of wild speculation have been. Mr. Hartmann wonders how in the world the Dept. of Homeland Security came to be intregal in the investigation. Mr. Hartmann believes the timing to be suspicious insofar as the ruling by Judge Taylor that President Bush has repeatedly broken federal law with the NSA spy program was released immediately after the Karr story broke. What better way to deflect attention from the fact that Mr. Bush is a repeat felon than to create a mass media diversion with some perv in Singapore being tied to Ramsey? Mr. Hartmann would like someone to ask the Singaporean authorities precisely who or what led to the timing of the Karr arrest. Sounds like a job for some enterprising journalist... no? Oh that's right, there are no salacious details or purient interest in that type of story. So it's just not going to happen.
If anything, learning that the DNA has cleared Karr makes this conspiracy theory more plausible. Why go through all the hooplaw and press conferences if a simple DNA test is the be all end all of the story. Keep it under wraps, get your DNA sample, test it and if it matches... THEN commence the feeding frenzy.
In the meantime, I'm certain the navel gazing will lead many outlets to shake their collective heads in dismay at the dismal state of affairs with modern day news, and search for the lessons to be learned. Lessons that will be promptly forgotten the next time some cute little white girl or blonde bombshell grabs the headlines for weeks on end...
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