The New York Daily News’ David Hinckley writes about the media overkill on Anna Nicole and Britney Spears…
In fact, just as many people bookmarked the Matt Drudge Web site during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, celebrity sites with attitude become go-to destinations when word spreads that they get the good stuff first - regardless of whether it’s always true.
This then forces the Blitzers and Olbermanns to deal with the stories, even if they privately lament the lack of substance.
“It’s tough, man,” says Steve Adubato, a media analyst at MSNBC who also works in public broadcasting. “You talk to your colleagues, and you know they’d rather spend the time discussing ways to get out of Iraq.”
Therein, of course, lies the great unanswered question.
“Does the media feed us Anna Nicole and Britney because we want it?” asks Lionel, a former Court TV host heard nightly on WOR (710 AM) and syndicated around the country. “Or do we seem to want it because that’s what the media is feeding us?”
He further suggests we may not even ‘fess up to the answer.
“You mention a story like Anna Nicole,” he says, “and people will tell you, ‘Oh, I don’t watch any of that.’ But then you’ll tell them something happened and they’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, what?’”