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The news, please, not celebrity junk
Jun. 23, 2005 12:00 AM
I would like the news media, both print and electronic, to stop insulting my intelligence and please provide some real news.
I do not care about Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton or Tom Cruise. I do not care about car chases in California. I have heard all I want to hear about this week's unfortunate young blond woman who has disappeared.
I would like to know about the failing status of a number of pension funds and the government guarantee of those funds. I would like to know more about Iraq than just a body count or a video of a shootout. I would like to know about our balance of trade and about our lack of a national energy policy. I would like to know more about the Downing Street memo.
Please stop treating me as if I cannot understand these issues. If our democracy is to survive and thrive, the populace must be kept informed. Breathless coverage of celebrity gossip and the like is at least a waste of time and at most a threat to our national well-being. - Mark G. Pond, Mesa