Monday, January 27, 2014

Bieber Buzz Be Gone!



by Kate Collins


The other day, the morning show I was watching was interrupted for breaking news. BREAKING NEWS! My heart began to race. Was it another horrific mall shooting? A plane hitting a tower? A financial meltdown? Nope. Justin Bieber was arrested after drag racing through a neighborhood.



If that wasn't bad enough, the "breaking news" report continued for over an hour. It might have gone on longer but I turned off the TV in disgust.

An hour coverage for a spoiled young man's antics? An hour of showing the same clip of three cars racing, the same shots of Justin being brought out of his house -- for an hour?

I think that breaking news should be reserved for real news -- crises that impact the populace. Were you impacted?

Granted, Justin is in trouble, and not just from the police. I'm sure he will bond out, a lawyer will appear for him, and he'll get a slap on the wrist. I mean trouble as in having too much money, power, and fame. He's headed down a rocky road, and unless someone can give him a good kick in the pants, he could end up like Lindsey Lohan, poor thing.

Breaking news!  Even as I write this, Justin is on the news. Apparently he was released on bail and is in Panama. Usher has been to see him -- some kind of intervention -- and for Justin's sake, I hope it works.

Let's all send him positive thoughts that he rights his path. He's a talented young man. I wish him the best. But let's keep Breaking News for the important stuff.


17 comments:

Chèli said...

I agree totally! I have gotten into the habit of not watching the "NEWS" because it isn't really NEWS anymore. Why are the winners of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, the Bachelor considering NEWS when I can't even find out about the road construction shutdown in my neighborhood? If the News agencies don't have enough to report, go find some good news or expand entertainment news to include books!

End of my rant. Sorry.

Lynda said...

I am so with you on this. Yes, the kid is on a slippery slope, but that is not news - and especially not "breaking news". He has been sliding for the past year. Giving him that kind of attention is not going to help him, and it is definitely not going to help the rest of us who are sick of hearing about his antics. And you're right that if they break into programing for important new, it should be important news.

mary kennedy said...

Kate, yes, yes, I so agree! It must have been a slow news day (or the journos have their priorities wrong) there is way too much Justin Bieber.

Janet Morrissey said...

Situations like that on the video making the rounds showing veteran newsperson Andrea Mitchell being disrespected and humiliated by interrupting her serious interview with the Bieber "breaking news", is the reason I stopped watching the network news altogether. I do still watch some local news and news on PBS, and I listen to NPR, but that's about it.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I agree with you. It's too bad about him but it doesn't effect the country or the world. Let the news be about important things. I'm sure it is important to him but not to the rest of us. Also, when they have breaking news, why do thy have to go on and on about it for an hour or move. Somethings, Yes but most of it can be said in 10 minutes and break in or run a news strip at the bottom of the picture. I get so tired hearing the same thing over and over and seeing the same picutres.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Well said, Kate! I totatlly agree. I feel bad to see a young person's life skidding out of control, but that only news because of his 'celebrity'.

I don't get my news from the networks (prefer papers, public radio and public TV for a more balanced look at the work). The networks are too skewed for reality and they are hooked on 'breaking news'. We don't have to be.

Hugs,

MJ

Nancy said...

I agree with you.

Aurian said...

Lol send him back to Canada and be done with him is what I read on Twitter and Facebook. My stepdaughter was a fan for a short while, otherwise I would not know who he is, other than a spoiled rotten young artist.

Dru said...

he's headed for a downfall and I'm so tired of hearing about it.

Linda Cowan said...

Agree.

Kate Collins said...

And what about the rest of the world? Does it exist? All Bieber all the time - or substitute any popular name for Bieber -- isn't fair. We want real news.

Kate Collins said...

I'm with you, Janet. I tune in to hear weather reports. But I do like my morning shows, and when those are interrupted for something that stupid, I get angry.

Kate Collins said...

Exactly, Diane. The same 2 minutes of video ran in a loop for over an hour. Ridiculous.

Kate Collins said...

You're right, MJ. We are manipulated by the media.

Anonymous said...

People treat celebrities like they are special. Just because someone has a special talent and gets a break to use it does not make him above everyone else. I'm sick of hearing about some star endangering the lives of others. I guess I'm just tired of hearing about them period. Let's start telling real news. I use to respect journalist but not anymore. At least when someone writes a book, they title it as fiction. Charline

Lynn Stadel-Paterson said...

I couldn`t agree more Kate. Breaking news is for something that affects the country or at the very least the town your in not to hear about some spoiled brat putting other peoples lives at risk to satisfy their selfish pleasures. Hey if you want to tell people to stay off the road because this brat is behind the wheel great but to tell us he`s been arrested who cares?

Until this little peep squeak came along I was proud to live in Ontario, Canada now I don`t even want people to know I live in the same province that this kid is from.

Susan L. said...

It's the idea of the 24-hour news networks. They don't have enough news to last that time, so they feel the need to repeat it...over and over and over. So, I guess the regular channels see this as a great idea because it works on these 24-hour news networks and decide to loop stuff over and over and over, as well. On a purely personal note, my husband is Canadian and first entered the country on a fiance visa. I remember all of the paperwork and money we had to pay and the hoops we had to jump through for him to be vetted and deemed acceptable to enter the U.S. to live. At his exit interview, a person who was interviewed right before him had a marijuana charge and was not allowed a fiance visa. Beiber has several felony charges and is still allowed to stay in the United States (as his work visa has not been yanked). I guess, for me, on a purely personal level it's frustrating to see that happen. Because I remember what my now-husband and I had to go through (including two years after our marriage proving that we were gainfully married...evidence of that was to include a child's birth certificate. At the time, we were waiting on my son's birth certificate and had not received it yet. I included the provisional birth record with a rude note to the effect that maybe the federal government could light a fire under the state department of health records to get my son's birth certificate prepared faster, but that they could contact the hospital and find out for sure about the birth parents). So, again, to repeat, it is very frustrating for Beiber to be allowed to stay in the country.