I dont know... there is so many things going on at the moment in the world but I just cannot help but feel that our news media is being driven by celebrity antics and sport. Nobody seems to be commenting on the hardline issues of the world whilst our major news sites ( www.smh.com.au and www.news.com.au) seem to be focused on issues involving Brittney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and OJ Simpson or the football.
Can someone direct me to a meatier news website? Does the ABC have one? I am really tired of seeing, like from today's news "Drug Tests For Brittney" and the lead story being about the reunion of the Sex Pistols. Over at smh.com, they too are leading with the Brittney Drug Test "SCANDAL" and Russel Crowe taking Poker Machines out of Souths Leagues Club.
Come on people, we're months (weeks) from an election, we have vigorous debates to be had on climate change, water supply, Iraq resolution strategies and the like. Can we keep the Celebrity Goss to the appropriate section in the back? If people really want that stuff, surely they can find it with a click through or a bookmark?
But its not only internet news... the 6:30 "Current Affair Shows" (and I use that term loosely) are nothing more than tabloid journalism. In addition, I was amazed that they were advertising a story on the 6pm news for the next day about food and chemical contamination... it seems as though they're pre-programming the news 24hrs in advance! What happens if something important happens??
Am I wrong on this? Am I just becoming an old grump? Am I missing the international significance of Brittney Spears and her custody issues?