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Non-interest-bearing accounts

Several years ago, I stumbled across a story that is probably apocryphal, but ought to be true. Back in the 70's or 80's, some enterprising photographer for a British tabloid managed to take some pictures of Prince Charles... um... "displaying the Crown Jewels." The Royal Family, naturally, sued to keep them from being printed. And the judge decided the matter in a brilliant turn of phrase: "'In the public interest' is not necessarily synonymous with 'interesting to the public.'"

In that vein, over the years I have found numerous stories that not only do I have a deep and utter disinterest in following, I find myself vaguely disgusted with the fascination others have.

One of these has to be the JonBenet Ramsey case. I simply don't see the compelling national interest in her killing, and reach for the remote whenever it comes on the air.

Another one is the Natalee Holloway disappearance.

I also stayed away from the whole Terri Schiavo mess -- I found the whole situation revolting, and the only benefit I saw from all its coverage was the (much needed) interest in "living wills."

Chandra Levy? Far, far too much speculation and gossip.

Scott and Lacey Peterson? Toss him down a hole and forget about him. (If Jeffrey Dahmer was still alive, I'd say toss him down the same hole.)

Paris Hilton? Just go away, please.

I've often heard the theory that stories involving "pretty white women" get far more attention than they deserve, but looking over my list above, I think that there very well might be something worthwhile to it.

If others want to discuss them, that's fine. That's their right. But I just want to issue a pre-emptive "include me out" on them -- and wish others would do the same, too.


Comments (25)

I agree with you in each ca... (Below threshold)
kbiel:

I agree with you in each case cited, except Schiavo. While the others were a unsolved crime the Schiavo case was a crime in progress (a moral crime if not strictly illegal).

Here, here, Jay Tea. My rea... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Here, here, Jay Tea. My reaction to these kinds of stories is, "And I should be interested in these because....?"

Oh, you forgot to add Nicole Brown Simpson to that list. OJ's ex-wife. Another pretty white girl...(I have to admit I did follow that one a bit, though. But that was definitely the last one I followed.)

How about the rape case at ... (Below threshold)
Big D:

How about the rape case at Duke?

The Dubai ports was another story that was way overblown.

And Mother Sheehan? Why do we care what she thinks about...anything.

And the grandaddy of them all? Yeah, the Plame game.

Jay, Think of it a... (Below threshold)
superdestroyer:

Jay,

Think of it as Reality Based Soap Operas. There is a cast of characters, there is a story arc, and (in some cases) there is a form of resolution. Instead of following characters on "As The World Turns" people follow crime stories on cable news networks.

Jay -- I have the same lack... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Jay -- I have the same lack of interest when it comes to professional sports. Superbowl Sunday is a great day to go shopping. I’m so glad the local media thinks sports is such a big draw that they put it at the end of the news broadcast. When the sports anchor comes on, I know the news is over. Professional athletes are so lucky I’m in the vast minority.

MacLorry,You doth ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

MacLorry,

You doth speak in a foul tongue proclaiming apathy toward the year's Greatest Sporting Event and you go shopping instead!? Report to the Dept. of Man, open your Man Purse and return your Man ID Card immediately!


(Kidding, of course.)

Same here, I changed the ch... (Below threshold)
Socratease:

Same here, I changed the channel whenever The Simpsons (trial) came on. One big advantage of getting your news from the internet is that you don't have to work as hard at avoiding 'news' you're not interested in.

I always wondered just how realistic were the claims of lawyers that pre-trial publicity had polluted the pool of potential jurists. Was I really that weird in not slavishly watching every trickle of information or garish replay that was put on TV?

Jay:I particularly... (Below threshold)
Todd:

Jay:

I particularly like more salacious stories such as this that can really get society's juices flowing.

I don't watch any sports ev... (Below threshold)

I don't watch any sports event that's ever had a player's strike.

As a mother of three girls,... (Below threshold)
Candy:

As a mother of three girls, I was not "fascinated" by the stories listed above. Not in the least. I was revolted by the story, but also, once again as a mom and as a Christian, I have prayed for the families and the victims in these and other cases.

To each his own - but if someone, in passing, should mention a story or situation to me (the Superbowl being a perfect example) I try to be kind and responsive to them.

If any of you see a story on this blog or other blogs that annoy you and you want to avoid them..... AVOID THEM. No one is forcing you to read or comment.

JonBenet Ramsey is not just a sensational story that got out of hand with the media. She was a beautiful little girl who, in my opinion, was paraded in makeup and clothes that were far beyond her years. For her parents' sake, I hope that they did not (unintentionally) call attention to her in a sexual way by having her compete in the beauty pageants.

I have a daughter who is about the same age as Natalee Holloway. They were both seniors at the same time. I was horrified by this good kid going on what should have been a safe trip, only to never return. Once again - look past the media sensationalism long enough to feel for the family and the victim.

I appreciate each and every story that bloggers take the time to write - but I certainly skip over anything that doesn't hold my interest, and it's not done to offend.

Haven't heard the term for ... (Below threshold)
pukelitzer:

Haven't heard the term for awhile, but I think it's time for the liberal blogs to resurrect their proposed alternative name for CNN/FOX/MSNBC: WTWWA.

Where The White Women At? brings attention to the tragic fact that sometimes there are white women who are unaccounted for, and the nation needs to know where they are. Be it a runaway bride (who is white) or a missing little girl (who is white), Larry King and Paula Zahn are on the case.

*Head explodes with barf*

"I don't watch any sport... (Below threshold)
Billy Hollis:

"I don't watch any sports event that's ever had a player's strike."

I presume that means you are down to NASCAR and bowling.

"I don't watch any... (Below threshold)
Jess:
"I don't watch any sports event that's ever had a player's strike."

I presume that means you are down to NASCAR and bowling.


Arrrg, beat me to it, but I was going to say cricket and curling
I'm with you all -- any of ... (Below threshold)
Amy:

I'm with you all -- any of these stories will cause an immediate channel change at my house. Years ago, I decided that these are 'freak of the week' stories that the media is fascinated with and can turn to on any slow news day. None matter to our society or to anyone outside the local news area and all are just ghoulish.

You doth speak in ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
You doth speak in a foul tongue proclaiming apathy toward the year's Greatest Sporting Event and you go shopping instead!? Report to the Dept. of Man, open your Man Purse and return your Man ID Card immediately!

Shopping for tools… power tools… tools with dangerous cutting blades on them, the kind that make lots of noise when you turn them on. You know, the macho stuff :)

Don’t forget, the 200th episode of Stargate is on the SciFi channel tonight.

Shopping for tools… powe... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Shopping for tools… power tools… tools with dangerous cutting blades on them, the kind that make lots of noise when you turn them on. You know, the macho stuff :)

I'll beleive it when I see your faded and dusty Home Depot credit card, Mac. ;-)

See Jay..we can agree..mayb... (Below threshold)
Drew:

See Jay..we can agree..maybe it is the reality show attitude..maybe it is a repressed perversion..
Probably it is the easy way out for the media..and the public
After all the Gulf Coast is still laid to waste from Katrina...and way overlooked are Florida families still without roofs from 2005-2004...gas at over $3.00 ...serious election campaigns underway...oh yeah terrorists..oh yeah Iraq civil war....
If you think the Ramsey thing is big where you are...in Denver..it is overwhelming...
That is why, although I often take exception to your views and sources, you offer the opportunity to a spectrum of subjects...there is information.
Thank you...

Coverage of stories like th... (Below threshold)
Amphipolis:

Coverage of stories like these is the primary reason why I read blogs and ignore the news shows. These stories are not news.

They are also not acceptable to watch with children in the room.

I'll beleive it wh... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
I'll beleive it when I see your faded and dusty Home Depot credit card, Mac. ;-)

Real men pay in cash :)

Mac,You're over-co... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

Mac,

You're over-compensating now. Besides, we all know you don't need power tools if you live in your mother's basement and go to Star Trek conventions! ;)

Man-card officially revoked.

I remember the night of the... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I remember the night of the Simpson Bronco chase. NBC, which probably paid a fair sum for the rights to broadcast the NBA, totally blew off a broadcast of an NBA Finals game to show a f'ing car chase at 40mph or less! Now I'm just as interested in justice as anyone, and I am willing to bet that the overblown coverage of that led to the media circus of the trial and the aquittal of a guilty man.

The Sch**v* nonsense showed... (Below threshold)

The Sch**v* nonsense showed many bloggers who had always seemed rational to be lacking in lucidity, fractured the right/libertarian leaning blogosphere and Republican support in a way that it has yet to recover from, and marked the shark-vaulting start of the end of the Bush administration as a serious or viable force in the world.

The way people have reacted to the fallout from the foiled British airline plot is a similar litmus test among bloggers, with a lot of surprising results, but it's not nearly as overwhelming at Sch**v* was.

At the risk of sounding lik... (Below threshold)
geomatic1:

At the risk of sounding like a hippy, all of the above is a very good reason to "Kill Your Television"

"I don't watch any sport... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

"I don't watch any sports event that's ever had a player's strike."

I presume that means you are down to NASCAR and bowling.

You can't include bowling then...it's full of strikes.

Jay, I couldn't agree with ... (Below threshold)
T.G. Scott:

Jay, I couldn't agree with you more. While many situations are tragic, a few grab the national spotlight while many others are simultaneously going around. I think there is a certain glamor factor, if you will, to it all. I think there needs to be stricter regs for what passes as news. News used to be pretty cut and dry--not nearly as juicy as it is now. I pretty much want to know the goings on of pertinent national and global affairs, and that's it. I know I can't get factual information from watching the alphabets these days, so that's why I get my news info from blogs like this one.




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