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Is it just me, or are the media . . . . . .

By maxwell edison ·
..... falling all over themselves covering and sensationalizing Chelsea Clinton's wedding much more than then they did Jenna Bush's wedding? It seems pretty obvious to me that they are.

I hate it when the media play favorites. And it's SO obvious.

I also hate it when the Republicans are tagged as the party of the rich, but yet it seems more Democrats are actually the rich. And they flaunt it with impunity.

I also hate it when Americans are treated like Royalty: Hollywood types, musical types - and the Clintons.

Okay, there's my soapbox rant of the day.

And stepping off said soapbox for something a little lighter:

If you want to kill six hours on a Saturday night, watch the Clint Eastwood Dollars Trilogy Westerns. While watching them last night, I recalled another time I watched all three in a row - at a drive-in theater circa 1967-68, riding there in the back of a neighbor's pick-up truck.

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"They...forget that their JOB is to REPORT the FACTS."

by CharlieSpencer In reply to well now

No, you forget their job is to make money. They do this by selling advertising, and enticing people to watch those ads by offering what the statistics and demographics indicate people want to watch.

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by JamesRL In reply to "They...forget that their ...

My illusions were shattered when my grade 7 class did a tour of the local newspaper. They asked us how we thought they made enough money to put out a paper. We all said subscription sales and newspaper boxes. The editor in chief said, they don't cover the costs to print the paper. Its all about the ads, he said, the news is the wrapper for the ads.

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My illusions.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Sadly

I had my shattered in a much less unpleasant fashion by no less than Gene Roddenberry. He was on a speaking tour in 1975, well before any regional Trek conventions started happening. He spoke for about an hour, then trotted out the then-unknown blooper outtakes. He broke the 'news' to us that television wouldn't never live up to the promise of the medium as long as it was funded by advertising, using older media and their profit models as examples. A show could receive critical acclaim and fan praise but unless the masses were watching the ads, it was gone.

I notice most media that have evolved since then also eventually devolve to the lowest common denominator. That's where the most money is...

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The media went overboard on Chelsea's wedding

by AV . In reply to Is it just me, or are the ...

They created the media circus in Rhinebeck, NY. Hillary Clinton created some of the buzz with the secret location. I'm glad that the Clintons put the breaks on in the end. I'm happy for them, but do we really need to know?

The media didn't go as crazy with Jenna Bush because it was kept more private. As it should be.

Who knows how much money was spent, but the Clintons have tons of money. Bush, I don't know. No one wants to see GWB today, he isn't popular and probably, a lot of people hate him. Everyone loves Bubba though. He's redeemed himself.

The Clintons are American royalty in some ways. Just like the Kennedys. Flawed, but eternal.


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I hate American royalty

by maxwell edison In reply to The media went overboard ...

Whomever it may be. Although, it's ALWAYS a Democrat. Why is that?

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It's not just Dems.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I hate American royalty

Remember the Nixon daughters' weddings? And I remember getting frequent updates on Reagan's kids.

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They're all rich

by AV . In reply to I hate American royalty

The Kennedys and the Clintons are Dems, but then you have the Bush Dynasty. The rich and powerful aren't just from one party, but the Dems seem to flaunt it so much more.

Maybe there won't be any more American royalty in the future. The Kennedy's "Camelot" is gone and the Clinton era will also be gone soon.

America doesn't need any more larger than life political family dynasties.


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PS - maybe this is a chick flick

by AV . In reply to Is it just me, or are the ...

But Clint Eastwood in "The Bridges of Madison County" was just fabu.

I don't know if I could spend six hours, but however long it is, is time well spent.


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More than a "chick flick"

by maxwell edison In reply to PS - maybe this is a chic ...

"The Bridges of Madison County" was indeed, fabu.

Of course, I really like Eastwood. He's one of my favorites.

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A non partisan, non American response

by JamesRL In reply to Is it just me, or are the ...

Reasons why the Chelsea wedding got more press than the Bush wedding;

1) They made the location secret. This is like throwing steaks at hungry wolves, it excites the salacious appetites of the media and the audience.

2)Celebrities. America loves Hollywood, and there were going to be celebrities there. Keeping the guest list secret made it more fun for journalists who could make rumours to their hearts content.

3)Bubba. He's had years to reform his image and he has been more active than GW Bush at charities and speaking engagements. Both of them have made speeches in Toronto in the last year, Bubba gets twice the crowd and more press.

I take a more cynical view than you on the press. They go with whatever gets them viewers.

If I look at how Canadians treat our royal family, I'm not sure that it would be the same as Americans treat their "royalty". We give the Queen a bit of respect, even if we think she is pretty much irrelevant. Americans seem to love to build up their heroes and take them down.

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