Celebrity Journalism

Posted: January 30, 2008 in Australian TV, Media Watch
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Everyone in Melbourne by now knows that former North Melbourne football captain Wayne Carey is in big trouble with the police in both the United States and Australia. While I don’t think that it is appropriate to comment on that, I will comment on the way Today Tonight handled this story on tonight’s show. It was sickening at how they not only reported the downfall of Carey, but seemed to be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of him being jailed. Worst still, the made a big fuss about former Stingers star Kate Kendall attending a party at Carey’s house where a minuscule amount of cocaine was found. It was implied by the reporter that by somehow attending a party where there were drugs, shock, horror, that she must have been stoned out of her mind, even though there was no proof that she had taken the drugs, just that she attended the party.

This almost reminds me of the American TV reporter who was almost orgasmic the other day when reporting of Britney Spears latest drama. The only way this jerk could have been any happier was if Britney had committed suicide. Personally I think that there is a sick fascination with seeing celebrities go off the rails. Just a week ago a quality magazine like The Bulletin was axed, yet there are more women’s gossip magazines than ever before. It seems like every week yet another one of these pieces of trash hits the news stands. Ugh!

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