Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Story that Wasn’t a Story

Now that the 24/7 news cycle about who killed the Ramsey child is no longer a story, we have the story about that story not being a story.

The media parasites have lost their host. There is no more blood in that non-story for them to feed on and lazily thrive. Now they must go back to hunting and gathering some real news.

I have a suggestion as to where they might want to turn next. How about covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? I hear there’s lots of blood there.


Blogger Walt said...

Ah, but the possible breaking of the Ramsey murder was sexy (in the most perverse way possible). Watching stuff be blown up where the people have been blasted into penury by Our Holy Mission is just SO three years ago, you see, but murder, sex and sculduggery among white Americans? OOH! Give me more of that!

Okay, I'll stop being so sarcastic so early in the morning.

August 29, 2006 4:45 AM  
Blogger BrotherCurmudgeon said...

Preach on, Walt. Truth is a strong medicine.

August 29, 2006 4:53 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

I think the media (and others) have been made a fool of by a feller who wanted a free trip home from Thailand. One would hope they'd learn their lesson and not jump on the sensationalism bandwagon so quickly, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

August 29, 2006 5:18 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I tuned in to hear ABC wondering if it was ethical to use the names and faces of war dead to protest the war. I thought maybe they could stop flashing the pictures of Jon Benet to get their ratings up and we'll be even.

August 29, 2006 5:25 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Might I suggest adding NOLA to that list?

August 29, 2006 5:30 AM  
Blogger andante said...

Unfortunately, a story requires a sex angle to make it into the media's narrow vision range. Once 'shock & awe' was exhausted, it became' 'shocked & awful'. No sex here; move along....

August 29, 2006 5:46 AM  
Blogger PaxRomano said...

Yeah, but no little blond beauty queens were killed in Iraq!

August 29, 2006 5:52 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I want to see what the media does today, on the anniversary of Katrina. Will they do the right thing, or just play into the hands of Bushco. Photo ops to be included. Well a lot of bloggers are not gonna let this go.

August 29, 2006 6:45 AM  
Blogger Human said...

Just in time! Warren Jeffs Polygamist and wanted for child sex charges has been arrested. All Day, All Week Warren Jeffs.

Deficit, The continued suffering from Katrina, War and Free and Fair elections? Not so much.

Peace. It's possible.

August 29, 2006 8:03 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Ahh, Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to compare with the blood of a virgin!

Vampires in the House, Vampires in the Senate!

* we NEED Buffy! *

August 29, 2006 8:08 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Wow, we didn't see that one coming, did we? Surely you can't seriously suggest that a news channel might actually cover real news in a responsible and prolonged fashion? Maybe they can do that, right after their in depth reporting of the arrest of a dangerous polygamist! Where's Howard Beal when you really need him?

August 29, 2006 9:09 AM  
Blogger cul said...

I refused to post anything about the "case" because it was obvious to me that the whole was a ruse to get the loon out of Thailand and not at all noteworthy. It was just a giant gossip rush like so many supermarket mag covers.

August 29, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

I still ask, why do we so readily call this guy a loon, but don't say the same thing about say Donal Rumsfeld who's guilty of just as many outrageous statements and inconsistencies?

August 29, 2006 10:45 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Hey, forget about this one - stay dry, safe and sound in the approaching storm, POP!

August 29, 2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

Carr played his get out of jail free card on the Thai police and it worked. Now he's a celebrity. What do you want to bet there's a movie of the week or three on TV by spring?

August 29, 2006 12:33 PM  
Blogger Will said...

I have always been bitter about the media circus surrounding the Ramsey case. I lived 20 minutes outside Boulder when the murder happened and was disgusted by the media response. I agree that it is horrific and tragic for a girl to die like that, but the news forgot that anything else was happening. The very same week that Jon Benet was murdered, two minority girls her age were killed in Denver. One in the spillover from a drive by, and the other in a home invasion robbery. Neither story even made the first page of the local section of the newspaper, let alone the evening news. The news officials should be ashamed. At least now their obsession has come back to bite them!

August 29, 2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger windspike said...

I love it when the media reports on what is happening in the media - it completes the whole horrific problematic circle of what's wrong with the MSM in America.

August 29, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Yep...it seems the polygamist guy will dominate in and out of Katrina flashback news. I'm interested in the middle east and hoping that Andre Agassi didn't have his swan-song last night at the US Open. It was a fantastic game against Pavel and I hope it wasn't Andre's last dance before retiring. I'm also sending good vibes to the bloggers living in the way of the storm Ernesto...take care guys!

August 29, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Excellent suggestion on where the media might focus their attention next. Might I also suggest that the millions of homeless children who sleep on the streets or in shelters get some of that attention too?

August 29, 2006 3:16 PM  
Blogger azgoddess said...


August 29, 2006 3:22 PM  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

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August 29, 2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger windspike said...

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August 29, 2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Yeah it used to be called a "circle jerk" when I was in the Navy (excuse the colorful language) but the concept is applicable and dispicable. When are we going to get real news?

August 29, 2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger cul said...


I hear what you're saying, but trust me, I've been calling Rumsfeld a loon for at least 4 years. I mean, look at his latest spin/rationale for dismissing critics of all that is BushCo...that can't be taken in any other manner than to assume the guy is amazingly desperate and supremely cynical or, more likely, a delusional sociopath.

I think we can all agree that the media is a self-serving and sycopantic feedback loop that survives only in proportion to the attention we supply it.

On the other, it could be an incredible tool for real and substantial change if harnessed by intentions beyond the cheap thrill. The Karr thing is a cheap thrill whereas the Iraq thing is an expensive kill.

I think part of the dilemma is that sometimes the media technicians (journalists, anchors, editors, etc) and the consuming public as well, fatigue and need a superficial break from the intense drag that paying attention to the modern world horrors can produce. Water cooler Karr.

August 29, 2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

What bugs me even more than this case being all over the news is it being considered "entertainment" news (as in Entertainment Tonight and other tabloid media). "Entertainment" news is who got an Emmy and who has a baby bump and what the critics hated -- not this.

What actually IS news about this is if you are stuck in Thailand and want to be wined and dined on a free first class trip home... you now know what to do.

August 29, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger Doctor Rick said...

Blood in Afganistan is your idea of funny of being cynical? This coming from the same lame blog who considers pissing on a cat humorous.

August 29, 2006 10:09 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

We've been doing some covering of "the civil war that isn't," using mostly non-MSM sources. It seems you have to do that these days if you want to know what's up in Iraq.

August 29, 2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger L>T said...

Media parasites. so true.
I would add media sluts that will do anything for ratings.
Nancy Grace is particularly annoying.

August 30, 2006 5:31 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

The media have become lazy and irresponsible. In the old days, reporters would WORK for a story. Now they just sit back and wait for a press release, or complain because someone didn't call a press conference to turn themselves in about something.

August 30, 2006 11:44 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

The media parasites have lost their host.

Maybe they should go bite some dogs.

No. You're right. I'd just add a little investigative reporting into the activities of our congressfolk and Administration.

August 30, 2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

Speaking of stories, you've been book tagged!!

September 01, 2006 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe we had to live through another jon benet news cycle. Where on earth is the common sense of cable media - ok, I know, stupid rhetorical question.

September 02, 2006 5:16 PM  

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