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Fox News Alert

  1. Feb 22, 2007 #1
    FOX NEWS ALERT Anna Nicole Smith is still dead, details every two minutes.

    I was channel surfing up towards the History Channel this afternoon, when I flipped past FOX and MSNBC, they were both carrying live court room coverage of the "where is she going to be buried" fiasco.

    Gimme a break, there has to be some real news out there somewhere. It is incredible that enough of our population has become so intrigued by this kind of sensationalist tripe that major news networks would carry the live court procedings. They could at least have switched to a high speed chase for a few minutes.
     
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  3. Feb 22, 2007 #2
    Even I was a a bit suprised over the live court room footage. More so because it was on for days. I didn't care much for the overly emotional judge, this all should of been done in one day, behind closed doors.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2007 #3
    As much as I hate Fox News (which really ought to be renamed "Fox Republican Propaganda Machine"), the blame goes to NBC this time. It seems that MSNBC's abnormally high ratings can be attributed to their round the clock Anna Nicole coverage. What's really sad is that all of this coverage is by popular demand!
     
  5. Feb 22, 2007 #4
    The issue should be restated as not to know the dead from the living, as the living from the braindead. We get all worked up time and time again whether one in a coma has any prospect for a cnscious existence, but ignore the far larger problem of those who seem alive, but function at a lizard level of intelligence. I don't mean to come off as superior, but science doesn't sell, sensationalism and emotional punch do--kind of a hugfest at some limbic level of processing will always capture the day.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2007 #5
    Yep, and it is the popular demand part that has alarm bells ringing in my head. Court TV, A third cable channel covered a lot of the court agenda, it seems to me that Court TV would be the better place for something like this case. As a people are we really that hooked on sleaze?
     
  7. Feb 22, 2007 #6

    Math Is Hard

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    Well, edward, no offense, but it certainly made you look. You took the bait like everyone else.
     
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  8. Feb 22, 2007 #7
    Yep again. Situations of this type seem to trigger something in the brain that causes people to ponder questions that mean absolutely nothing. It is almost like an escape into nothingess, yet people crave it. Shades of the OJ trial, we are hooked.
     
  9. Feb 22, 2007 #8
    That is what worries me.:wink: I misssed nearly two minutes of "Marvels of the Modern World" on the History Channel.
     
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  10. Feb 22, 2007 #9

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    It is really too bad when the news services cater to this. Okay, so we have a country of trash tabloid addicts, but do the news services really have to throw meat to the hyenas?
     
  11. Feb 22, 2007 #10
    Thats to me the unfathomable question, why anyone would give a second glance to this story is beyond me, and why americans are so hooked on celebs that News these days, it is about a few individuals whose lives have no bearing whatsoever on mine. I could not care less which celeb is getting married, pregnant, unfaithful, or has some runaway kid. Maybe we should tie the right to votr to some minimal awareness.
     
  12. Feb 22, 2007 #11

    Ivan Seeking

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    When my wife and I see someone do something really stupid, one of us usually comments: "Just think, he/she votes!!!" :surprised

    ==> the current administration.
     
  13. Feb 23, 2007 #12

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    You missed the right channel.

    When I was eating lunch a couple days ago, I was doubly dismayed when CNN Headlines News was simultaneously running the live feed of the court proceedings along with live feed of a high speed car chase, (both happening in Broward county, incidentally) on a pair of split screens. I left that sandwich place with irreparable brain damage.

    http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/broward_county/16752922.htm
     
  14. Feb 23, 2007 #13

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    Gee, too bad there wasn't also a Barry Bonds AB and a 4.0 earthquake somewhere. They could have split it four ways and you could have also been watching a chandelier swing and a washed-up, drugged-out primadona limp 90 feet.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2007 #14

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    I haven't seen any of the court proceedings (and am not inclined to go looking for them either), but the news this morning was commenting on the judge in the case...that they thought the cameras were the problem, because he seemed to be turning it into an audition to get himself onto one of those "People's Court" type shows. Such a thing makes me more concerned when I think that this judge doesn't just decide where a dead body gets buried, which in the grand scheme of things is incredibly insignificant, but also handles cases where the fates of living people are decided. If you're facing jail time or huge fines, is this the judge you want presiding?

    I'm still baffled why any of this is on the news at all, and why anyone cares. It's just a family argument over where to bury a dead body. All this fuss over a corpse. :rolleyes: It was really scary when the only news I was seeing was about Anna Nicole's death and Britney Spears shaving her head and getting a tattoo. Can it get any more trivial than that?
     
  16. Feb 23, 2007 #15

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    I thought the judge was a nutjob! He seemed to be going off with some idiotic social commentary about how there no religious wars in this country, which should make it easier to put aside differences...but then I got distracted, the white van was driving on the wrong side of the highway, through opposing traffic.
     
  17. Feb 23, 2007 #16

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    :rofl: Fairly unbalanced news, huh? :biggrin:
     
  18. Feb 23, 2007 #17

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    NASA is most likely quite relieved that Anna and Brittany stole the yellow journalism limelight from Lisa Nowak.
     
  19. Feb 23, 2007 #18
    I prefer the slogan: Fox News -- We Report, You Comply!
     
  20. Feb 23, 2007 #19

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    My theory is that NASA killed Anna Nicole and gave Britney crazy pills.
     
  21. Feb 23, 2007 #20

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    Brittney probably just had her prescription for stupid pills misread by her pharmacist.
     
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