"Our Top Story This Morning Is"...OJ Simpson?

In a world where a Hollywood-infatuated media feels an obligation to report on a regular basis about Hollywood harlots, should I be surprised that at least one Utah radio station led off its news broadcast with a crime story involving OJ Simpson? Well, I'm unfortunately not surprised. But I haven't stopped expecting better out of organizations that purport to report the news.

KRNS AM 570 this morning (and for many of the past several mornings) has selected as their "top story" that OJ Simpson has been arrested in conjunction with some crime in Las Vegas. Please. There are probably at least 100 stories on any given day that could "top" that.

Out of a 3-4 minute newscast, KNRS devoted between 30 seconds and 1 minute to tell us all the latest--which was nothing. Such reporting is just plainly and simply lazy. As a result of this august reportage, we now know that
  • OJ will be arraigned today.
  • Members of the media think they know which door he's going to come out when he walks to court.
  • They have measured that he will walk one block to the courthouse
  • They are fairly sure that he will be wearing a blue jumpsuit
  • They are positive that he will be wearing handcuffs
Awesome. Everything I needed to know about what's going on in the world today.

Mary Shaw of OpEdNews.com
also has a very interesting take on this issue.


  1. I totally agree. KSL spent a ton of time on it yesterday evening, too.

  2. You're right. It is annoying and wasteful. I like the Barney picture though!

  3. I thought the Barney picture described both my irritation (as for "cartoon" characters I hate only Square Bob Sponge Pants worse than Barney) and the silliness of the subject of the reporting (O.J.).

  4. You know that it would be a completely different situation if OJ were wearing a yellow jumpsuit. I'm sure glad they tracked that crucial bit of information down.

  5. They are very good at sporadically dropping blood into the waters of American pop culture, just enough to keep the sharks circling. You never know when it might come in handy to have the public foaming at the mouth for revenge against a Black man. hell, it might even help somebody get elected.

  6. Frank, as I was reading your blog on vouchers a few minutes I started wondering if there was anything that I would not agree with you on...

    I have found something, and fortunately it is something of minimal consequence...

    While I wanted to strangle him during the first few episodes I saw, I have grown to really appreciate the humor behind SpongeBob. The movie was pretty lame, I'll admit, but the regular episodes usually leave me rolling on the floor with my kids!

    Amen on Barney though! That is one DVD my kids know not to ask for.

  7. I should pay more attention to Sponge Bob. A couple of my (same-aged) friends say the same thing--that they love it. I'll check it out.

  8. On those days when I drive to work, I sometimes turn on Bob Lonsberry. When the KNRS news comes on though, I change the channel. Somehow, they always manage to find and discuss the most gruesome things that have occurred in Utah in the past 24 hours. I want to be informed, but I don't want to be depressed.

    I usually opt for NPR. I really love KCPW for local news coverage.


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