Upon entering my parent's home on Friday night, I ended my "Turn of TV Week Fast", which was more like a "eat less meat" fast than full vegan fast.
I was greeted on the evening news by something called "Missing Bride." I switched channels to all of the 24 Hour News Channels and saw her picture along with interviews with her husbands father and other reactions.
Sadly, my first thought was, "this happens all the time but the only reason this is on TV is because she is pretty, rich and her family has access to lots of media outlets." This was a larger non-story than any of the other non-stories I had seen during the past few years. I looked at my wife and said, "She ran away."
I could see the newscasters praying for some ransom note, white bronco with a black guy driving and a girl that looked like her in the passenger seat, a sexual predator in the neighborhood or a weak alibi by her fiance (too bad he was not fishing during her jog) who really killed her so he could marry a blond. The last thing they wanted or even thought about was, "maybe she got cold feet and this is absolutely no story except for the gossip page in the local newspaper."
Of course, I woke up Saturday morning to the news that she had ran away. I had to turn to Fox News to see how the Fair and balanced network would spin this. Here they are in front of her family home talking about anything they could think of (in other words- Nothing). It was great.
They talked about trumped up police charges, which the Duluth DA wants to pursue since they are embarrassed. They got themselves an interview with her fiance on Sean Hannity (what this has to do with politics I will never know- except for the Bush sticker on his bumper when the fiance was driving away) to talk about nothing remotely important. And people will watch.
This would have never happened before Fox. I promise. What a waste of time and energy. Supposed journalists preempting news on the terrible violence in Iraq surrounding the new government, the change in ethics rules in the congress and the fights over filibustering and judicial nominees to tell us that some pretty brunette white girl in a rich suburb of Atlanta ran away from a wedding that had gotten out of hand.