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Has News Media Turned Into Trash TV?

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Last Edited: April 10, 2008, 12:26 pm

Do you think this is going too far?

CNN's "Larry King Live" show will have Drew Peterson as its guest on Friday night.  As you probably know, the former police officer is a prime suspect  in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.  Recently, after her disappearance, the body of his third wife was exhumed and ruled a homicide. The medical examiner said it was a murder "staged to look like an accident."  (Maybe the deep gash in her head was previously overlooked because he was a police officer?) 

Anyway, I am not convicting this man of anything.  It's just that I was shocked that a man who is suspected of murdering 2 of his wives is becoming such a celebrity. He seems to enjoy the attention and has already gotten his 15 minutes of fame.  Now he is the guest of a popular talk show host on a so-called news channel.  

They're advertising "he will be here to take your calls."  That's exciting to me because I never got the chance to talk to Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy.   

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spy153Comment by spy153 - April 10, 2008, 9:50 pm
What's your take on those trashy little cheerleaders that beat up one little girl?   I won't lie, I have left some pretty graphic comments on the videos for youtube about it. I hate these sort of spoiled little brats, and I would love to personally avenge the girl who got beat up., seeing as how her parents aren't going to do anything.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 10, 2008, 9:54 pm
Long, long, time ago.

If Stacy was my daughter, there would be no whole Drew. He would have been drawn and quartered , 4 easy pieces. See if the med. examiner could figure that out. This media spectacle is sickening, that smirking murdering ex-cop should be tossing salad. His enablers should also be tossing salad, this is a perfect example of bad local govt..
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johnph77Comment by johnph77 - April 10, 2008, 11:28 pm
1. He hasn't been convicted in a court of law. Unless and until he is, he must be presumed innocent. That's the way the American justice system works.

2. Television is and has never been an entertainment business. It is an advertising medium, and the shows you watch are aired to capture your attention for the commercials. Remember the screaming they did when remotes started to include a "Mute" button? Networks and stations derive their income solely from commercials, and the rates the advertisers pay them are determined by the ratings. The higher the ratings, the higher the advertising rates. And, since sensationalism boosts ratings, they can and will schedule this kind of programming involving those kinds of people.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - April 11, 2008, 12:14 am
People want trash. Larry King is no better than anyone else who want good rating, either. Oprah had that women on her show this week who claimed to be a pregnant man. I thought "why do Oprah have material on her show that show be in the National Enquirer"? It was all on the radio shows the next day. And I'm like "It's a freakin women for heavens sake" "Why is it even conversation"? gee

As far as Drew Peterson. His day will come. jarasan I'm not going to tell you what I thought of when you said "tossing salad"
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justxploringComment by justxploring - April 11, 2008, 5:22 am
Thanks everyone for posting. Spy, these girls show no remorse according to the police. I believe they were arrest and will be prosecuted for their violent crime. I just don't what is happening in our world to prompt young girls to act so cruel and tape it for display. Too much Jerry Springer?

John, I said he hasn't been convicted, but since he is the key suspect, he should be keeping a low profile. He isn't just a suspect in Stacy's disappearance but in his third wife's murder. His second wife, who is still alive, had confided in Bolingbrook police officers when they were married that he was violent and threatened to kill her. How has he gone on like this for so long? Due process is very important, but giving suspected criminals the spotlight to feed their egos is really going overboard. I mean, advertising that you can call up a show and talk to a possible murderer...it's a little too much.

Jarasan, I agree. I also believe Kathy Savio was crying from her grave. The first medical examiner did little to check for possible homicide. Oh, I just learned a new expression. Had to look up tossing salad on google.

Tenaj, Larry King should retire already. He used to be interesting, but I agree that he now gives into whatever trash CNN wants him to broadcast. Just a personal note: imagine an unattractive woman his age doing the show. Mike Wallace will be 90 this year and finally left 60 minutes last year. That's why I hope 78 year old Barbara Walters (who looks beautiful IMO) never retires.

Tenaj, yes he is a woman.   But did you ever see this guy?
http://abcnews.go.com/primetime/Story?id=2346476&page=1
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spy153Comment by spy153 - April 11, 2008, 7:54 am
I don't know how that guy is running around either. But he is a former police officer and thus, knows how to skirt the facts to his benefit rather than his demise.
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konaneComment by konane - April 11, 2008, 11:52 am
There's always the "off" button.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - April 11, 2008, 3:31 pm
Konane, I agree that we can choose what we watch. I am surprised that this comment comes form you, however. I was just pointing out what is happening in our society and what we view as entertainment. Of course this isn't anything new, but it's getting worse all the time. I haven't watched it (only for a few minutes) but there is a show on Fox where people answer personal questions and admit to cheating on their wives/husband and even insult their parents...just to win money!! I don't believe in censorship and, as you know, I've been accused of being too liberal. However, wanting to live in a free country where we have rights isn't the same as enjoying seeing our family values go down the tube.
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - April 11, 2008, 5:13 pm
I have seen tv in my lifetime go from entertainment to trash.
I remember back in the fifties a show who had Jackie Cooper I think his name was or is. The couple lived in a trailer and had a beagle dog.
Any way they had their friends over on one show and they were talking and one of the wives annonced that she was PREGNANT.
I was in my early teens at the time. You should have heard my mother go in a rant when the word pregnant was used. WHEW.
Tv has come a long way since then.
I think we only had like two channels back then LOL.
Before that it was radio. I can remember the family sitting around the radio laughing at the comedy shows.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - April 11, 2008, 5:46 pm
JAP, although I think it's okay to show a little reality on TV, I remember when couples couldn't be shown in the same bed on TV. Now they're naked and having sex, often with more than 1 other person! As a man, you might not remember when a bra in a commercial couldn't be on a live woman or a mannequin with a head. Remember when margarine commercials had to refer to butter as that "high priced spread." Now someone who probably think that was an ad for a call girl. LOL
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - April 11, 2008, 5:58 pm
I remember the bra and panties ads and the mannequins.
We use to get a huge montgomery ward catalog when I was young.
The highlight of my younger years were the photos of women in bra and panty ads in the catalog.
Then we went shopping at wards and I peeked at the mannequins.
LOL.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 11, 2008, 6:16 pm
@Jap "Pregnancy" is now considered a "medical condition", and it can be "cured".
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justxploringComment by justxploring - April 11, 2008, 7:23 pm
Oy! No pro-life debates please. Jarasan, one good thing about pregnancy being called a medical condition is that it is finally recognized as something serious that should be recognized by the medical community. I remember hearing "she died during childbirth" as if that was acceptable. I used to always have group insurance, so I never knew that individual health insurance doesn't cover pre-natal care or the delivery (unless you add it on as a rider which is almost as expensive as the treatment) However, when there is a "complication" including a C-section, it's considered a necessary procedure. I'm trying to figure out why a normal delivery isn't considered a necessary procedure. Do they think a woman can just sneeze and the baby will fly out of her nose?

Now I'm the one going off-topic. Hey, it's my blog. Nya, nya, nay! :-)
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konaneComment by konane - April 11, 2008, 8:30 pm
Justx ..... doctors rush to do c-sections to prevent anything a lawyer can call malpractice from happening during delivery.

You asked previously why I would comment about turning off the boob tube ..... from all I've posted on my blog about law of attraction one fundamental is whatever you hold in your mind is what you resonate with and draw to you in external events such as irrational people. This is the primary reason I stopped doing political posts ........ too many cooties and not enough bug spray to get rid of them.
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truecriticComment by truecritic - April 12, 2008, 12:22 am
If I had my druthers, between TV/movies of today and yesterday, I'd take the separate beds no risque words.   

When I see uncut 'R' movies now, it appears as if it is some kind of contest against all the other 'R' movies to see who can use the F word the most per movie!   I don't have cable and I like the way that language is cut out for local viewing.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - April 12, 2008, 1:09 am
So, Konane. Did you come here to my blog to call me a cootie?

TrueCritic - I don't mind profanity if it fits the scene. I mean, if you are watching a movie like Casino or Goodfellas and Joe Pesci yells "freak you" or "forget you" it sort of loses its meaning.
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spy153Comment by spy153 - April 12, 2008, 10:24 am
In reference to what truecritic is saying, I hear ya' loud and clear. I can't stand all the F words and other stuff on tv these days. And I have been reduced to watching kiddy shows for my movies for the very same reason. It is a rare occasion to find a movie without cussing unless you go to TCM. The movies there don't have any in them at all.
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konaneComment by konane - April 12, 2008, 10:57 am
No not calling you a cootie whatsoever in any form, statement NOT directed toward you or any person living or dead.

Was a metaphor used on myself alone to say that by resonating or staying in the middle of political drama that I was drawing drama [negative energy] to myself. The word cootie was used as I've heard children use it on tv as an undesirable circumstance ....... which negative energy is if someone is sensitive enough to perceive it.   

I used my own example as a lesson I learned from reading about Law of Attraction.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - April 12, 2008, 12:26 pm
I know this is about TV, but for the same reasons some people said they don't like trash TV, I started listening to Christian radio a couple of years ago. Don't get me wrong - I still love good old rock and roll and the guitar playing on Free Bird still makes me lose control. But sometimes it's refreshing not to hear DJs thinking it's cool to talk about nasty stuff on the air.

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