February 27, 2007

Ah, That Explains It

News Item: Fox News' John Gibson says journalists not covering Anna Nicole are guilty of "news guy snobbery."

Yes, of course! People who cover wars and elections and other things that have an effect on the world and history and life and death- they're just sanctimonious shits! Screw 'em! Gibson actually chides Anderson Cooper for covering the war instead of Anna Nicole, as though such a decision is worth mockery. At least when Anderson covers a war, it's one that actually exists.

I remember a similar argument during the Laci Peterson nonsense, when one of the Fox bimbos (I forget which) suggested that anyone who complained about excessive coverage of such tabloid stuff was "elitist."

Hasn't the last six years taught us that anti-intellectualism for anti-intellectualism's sake is a path to morally bankrupt disaster?

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 27, 2007 01:22 AM

I'm one of the relatively people in the potential audience whose life actually WAS substantially affected by the whole Anna Nicole circus--since I work in the Broward County Courthouse--and I did my best to avoid the coverage as much as possible. It was bad enough being practically physically shoved aside as people involved got to comandeer elevators. Oh, yeah, I know, me prosecuting criminals could be nowhere as important as a fight over the body of some inexplicably famous dead slut.

OK, that was a little harsh, I admit, and I actually really liked Anna Nicole as a guilty pleasure, but still. And the fact that "Laser" Larry Seidlin gets to be the public face of the judicial system I work in...well, there are things I could say but that probably shouldn't be for public consumption.

Posted by: Dave J at February 27, 2007 09:14 PM
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