Saturday, March 05, 2011


It's been a while since I used my blog to rant, but it's my blog and rant I will.  The last time it was about Michael.  You remember him.

Anyway, this time it's about Charlie.  Unless your head is in buried the sand or you've been in the outback for the last month or two, you have probably heard about him.  In fact you probably heard about him EVERY DAY!  I guess I've got to hand it to him, because he is now getting more free publicity than he's ever got before.  He may be an idiot, but he's a smart idiot.

The other evening I sat down to watch the NBC evening news and the lead story was about Charlie.  This fine example of reporting was deemed more important than what was happening in Libya or elsewhere in the world.   The happenings with him were so important to CNN that they repeated an hour long interview with him in primetime.  Every day in the local newspaper there is something about Charlie.  So is Charlie's fault?

Perhaps the news media is to blame.  They spend an inordinate amount of time and energy covering everything that is spewed out of  his mouth and all the talking heads are clamoring to have him on their show.  So is this news?  Hardly, but since when did the news actually report the news.  Not for a long time in my opinion.  Yes, you get some news, but you also get a lot of crap.  The only news show I watched that didn't have something about Charlie was BBC.  So is the news media at fault?

I don't think it's either Charlie's or the media who's at fault.  It's society, which is made up of a lot of people who like to watch crap like that on TV and read about in the paper.  The media may feed it to them, but we all know, or at least should know, that the media is in it for the money.  Just like Charlie.

So as long as there are idiots out there who eat this stuff up, there will be people like Charlie, and business like NBC and CNN who will make money from it.

Ok, I've calmed down now.



Nick Saraceni said...

I'm with you brother. I believe we put waaaay too much stock into these celebrities who, by there mere celebrity, seem to think that we should hang on their every word and action because they have our attention. It is about that photo op and free publicity they get every time they fart. It's the Oprah effect. I am important thus you must listen to me.

Erin said...

Charlie who? J/K

Julie Camacho said...

Ok, Honestly, I don't know who Charlie is. But I haven't had time to sit down and watch the news for about a year now. Glad I'm not missing anything. Seems if it's important (like the earthquake in Japan or the tsunami that is about to hit our coast line)then I hear about it on facebook.
Dad, maybe you should join facebook. Where you only get the most important news. lol