February 14, 2007

What is the Value of a Life?

In the case of Anna Nicole Smith, measured in television news coverage, apparently quite high. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ran a hilarious segment the other night, about the amount of television news coverage Anna Nicole's death is receiving. I could not possibly compete with this Daily Show piece in the humor department, so I would like to approach the topic from a slightly different angle.

U.S. servicemen and women are dying every day in Iraq, along with scores of Iraqis. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently debating George Bush's plan to escalate the Iraq War by sending in thousands more troops. Yet what are CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and the other news networks devoting their time to? Anna Nicole Smith. Who at CNN, MSNBC, Fox News or the other tv news networks wishes to tell me that Anna Nicole Smith's life, or death, is more important, more meaningful, and deserves more coverage than the lives and deaths of our servicemen and women, or the people of Iraq?


At 8:00 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

The American public looks at death like this one as a form of entertainment. It's a soap come to life. Most of the American public just wants to forget about the war and the dying servicemen and Iraqis, but the death of an ex-Playboy girl, now that's another story.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

That sounds like a sign of true sickness.


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