I like how every 6 months or so on the local news they do this big expose on this hip new underground drug that the kids are really into. Supposedly this drug is called “Ecstasy” (also known as “E” on “the street”) and there’s a good chance it might be bad for you, or even dangerous. Oh, and apparently they buy it from, get this, DRUG DEALERS.
Hey, thanks for that info. That should be a pretty big newsflash for people who get their drug information from “Little House on the Prairie” or something. (“What? The kids don’t sniff the ether anymore?”)
Remember they are “news magazine shows” that air in primetime and have to cater to viewers to compete with entertainment programs rather than just other news programs. The only ones I can stand on the major networks now are 60 Minutes and sometimes 60 Minutes II. Although II’s story selection could use some work and they should cut down on the celeb stories.
OTOH, real news stories might require Stone Phillips to think or Barbara Walters to attempt to move a botoxed facial muscle. The resulting disasters from either event might spell the end of network TV.
Can’t you just be happy with endless car crash safety tests, consumer ripoff stories, and John Stossel being so much smarter and wiser than all of the rest us and feeling the need to tell us about it week after week?
What more do you want? Pat O’Brien’s ass-kissing interviews with fluffy celebrities? How about stories and interviews that are really promos for upcoming movies, albums, and “farewell” concert tours by fading rock stars trying to sock enough money away in the bank that they don’t wind up on the county fair circuit or sharing a double bill with Kansas?
As for news reports about Ecstasy, everyone knows that the kids only get into that drug if they go to these strange things called “raves” or if you’re a bad parent and let them go to Burning Man.
Admittedly not a new magazine per se , but you always know it’s Sweeps Month when FOX-5 in DC is teasing an expose about Univ. of Maryland girls doubling as call-girls. Because, you know, this is an important story that affects so many of its viewers. Or because they have most of the stock footage in the vault, regular as clock-work . . .