Riveting and revolting, are ways to describe last year's election coverage.
Perhaps the best way to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were, is to remember what finally became germane and what eventually became inane and irrelevant by the time we got to November 4th. In other words the 'non controversies'.
Of course non-controversies weren't merely confined to politics. The mainstream media provided us plenty of stories that left the majority of us shrugging our shoulders and shaking our heads in utter dismay. The utter dismay that someone actually thought that a particular story was 'news worthy'!
John Ridley, writer and columnist for the Huffington Post gives a pretty fair list of 'Top Non-Controversies of 2008'.
What does he mean? Things like:
"The New Yorker runs a cover caricature of Barack and Michelle Obama as dangerous radicals. An attempt at satire which displayed the wit and sophistication of an Ivy League Sorority pledge at an all-you-can-drink Cosmopolitan bar. Some readers said the drawing was offensive, some said it too clever for its own good. And 99 percent of America said: 'What's the New Yorker?'"
"Annie Liebowitz takes some racy photos of Miley Cyrus. "Oh, my God, you can almost see part of her bare back," says Amy Winehouse as she runs naked through London after taking another hit of coke off her boyfriend's stomach."
There's more and wait till you see Ridley's number one 'non-controversy'!
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