This has been on my mind and I have been wanting to say something about it for a while since at least the Oscars and maybe before the Oscars on how the American news networks, CNN, MSNBC and to a lesser extent; Fox News have jumped on the celebrity bandwagon and think that pop culture stars are more important than news stories.
The straw that has finally broken my back was seeing that CNN was doing an hour-long special on Justin Timberlake- JUSTIN FREAKIN' TIMBERLAKE! To me, that's not time well-spent for CNN. Instead of focusing on Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber and other pop stars, FOCUS ON THE DAMN NEWS. I would have rather seen that hour spent on North Korea or other pressing situations than a damn pop star.
Another straw that finally broke me was seeing Fox News go on for a half hour on Jay Leno possibly being replaced by Jimmy Fallon- if I got that right- since I can't tell a late-night host from one or the other- They also focused on The Tonight Show moving from LA to New York in detail as well. To me, that's NOT NEWS!
I have stopped watching CNN during the day, my TV is usually tuned to WGN America for Walker, Texas Ranger or to the MLB Network since I have lost faith in the American news networks.
I admit I have been following my news more on the internet rather than cable news and even to an extent; RT- a network I am not fond of as RT is publicly funded by the Kremlin and is known as Vladimir Putin's propaganda mouthpiece. The reason I am going to other sources is cause I cannot stand the pop-culture, reality star driven and downright shame that is CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
I have always been one who has taken his news seriously. When I was in high school, I got ridiculed for reading the newspaper every day at lunch alone rather than socializing, I also got ridiculed for paying attention to CNN Headline News on the classroom TVs more than the gossip around the school.
So, it bothers me seeing the news networks kowtow to the lowest common denominator when there are more important stories than celebrities. For example, I want to see more coverage on North Korea, the European financial crisis, the problems here at home in the States and other pressing issues. To me, that's news and not celebrities and their ilk.
I wonder if anyone else is like me, disgusted with how low the American news networks have gone and what your thoughts on this issue? I am really curious as to what you all think of the news now. Are you as fed up as I am or do you ACTUALLY enjoy celebrity news tripe?