Thursday, April 17, 2008

what's wrong with this picture?

Now if you read my blog, you know I'm a dog lover. You know that. Dogs at our house get spoiled. Special food, their own blankets, their own cushy little beds...they even sleep on our bed at times.

But I think I draw the line when Martha Stewart's dog dies and it makes the national headlines. Are you kidding me!

Over 2500 children are dying EVERY DAY in Africa, but you don't see that on the nightly news. That's like an entire small town. Or an entire high school in a large town. That's a lot of kids! If 2500 kids in Minnesota died, you can bet your retirement on the fact that it would be on the news. Because it's here.

But this happens every day there. There are no headlines blaring, no news anchors listing a count for the day. There is information available if you look for it, but it isn't considered "news".

Yet when a famous person's dog dies, you can find almost 200 news articles online about that the same day. I have nothing against Martha Stewart OR her dog, but something is terribly wrong here.

4 comments:

Crazy Daisy said...

AMEN!

Kristi said...

Couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

Well...she is famous. It is what people want to hear. They sell to the listener/viewer. The kids in Africa aren't famous and if it is happening everyday, it isn't really new 'news'. Just a thought. I am not saying its a good thing they put that in the headlines...i am just pointing out a reason why that might be.

daisy said...

That's very true, my dear anonymous writer. I totally agree. But the problem is that we place so much emphasis on "famous" people that the everyday not-so-famous people who have these huge needs get completely overlooked.

What does that say about us as a society? (And after we solve the world's problems here, we'll all sit down with a nice cup of cocoa.) But seriously. We need an attitude adjustment!