Sunday, February 11, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith & The Vampires
Anna Nicole we hardly knew ye.
Outside of the shallow, tawdry, self-obsessed side you paraded in public, that is.
I do not deny that the latter part of your life was reduced to tragedy. No new mother should be greeted by the death of another child, in the hospital room, no less.
And, of course, your death was especially untimely.
I'm not sure why you were so far away from your 5-month old daughter when you died, but I'm sure you had your reasons. Your daughter, hopefully, was being well-cared for.
The story that sucked the life out of all other news
Anna Nicole's death occurred on Thursday, February 8th.
As of February 9th, 3095 troops had died in Iraq. On the 9th, the New York Times, to their credit, listed the names of the 2 most recent victims, 24-year old Joshua Frazier and 20-year old Jennifer Parcell.
However, that is about the only place where you'll read about those 2 victims of a war for oil. You certainly won't hear about them, or any of the other victims on the 3-ring circus we call the cable news outlets.
No, on CNN, MSNBC and Fox, you will barely even hear about Iraq.
Because ever since her demise, it has been all Anna Nicole Smith, all of the time.
Vampires to the left, vampires to the right
It's not even just the vampires in the news media. Apparently, certain allegedly 'progressive' pundits also think this was the only story. More than one genius who posts on The Huffington Post thought it would be cute to write a column stating that he was the real father of Anna Nicole's unfortunate daughter.
Seriously, there was nothing more important to write about?
So, in that spirit, here is my piece on Anna Nicole Smith.
Sorry it can't be 24/7 like the cable news networks, but I'm not looking to achieve ratings.
I just hope some of the people who have chosen to make this an ongoing circus will actually begin to realize that there is a 5-month old little girl whose life is being ruined before it ever has had a chance to truly begin.
So go ahead Brent Budowsky...go ahead Ken Levine...get those hilarious pieces about paternity out of your system.
I am sure that a greater point is probably being made, especially by Mr. Budowsky. I did see some semblance of media parody in the piece.
Tragically-shortened lives I would like to read about
To be quite honest, I find the Smith story repugnant. It does not deserve to obliterate some of the truly important ongoing stories, so that America can get its fill of salaciousness.
If I want to read about somebody who has recently died a tragic death, I would at least like to see a couple of sentences written about Mr. Frazier or Ms. Parcell.
Something tells me it would be far more compelling and meaningful.
Something else tells me it's never gonna happen.