I’d just like to share that the unremitting obsession of the vast stuttering herd with the lingering process of death and decomposition of Anna Nicole is not only unworthy of news coverage, it’s actually starting to piss me off. It’s nothing but tawdry and vacuous, and I’m embarrassed that the TV media have a grip on it like a monkey with a pickle.
I’m not the only one who thinks so. Last night, I turned on my car radio and heard Larry King interviewing Barbara Walters. Normally I would’ve just snapped it off – King and his show are irrelevant – but I was busy steering and shifting and happened to hear the following exchange:
KING: OK, Barbara. What do you make of the Anna Nicole thing? The whole story?
WALTERS: I feel very sad for that beautiful little baby who one of your people kept calling the kid. Other than that, Larry, I may be one of the few people in the country who has not been following the story. And we have discussed it very little on “The View”.
KING: Why do you think so many people are following? Why do you think there is such a fascination with it?
WALTERS: I don’t know. Why do you? You do it every night.
KING: We do it, but I can’t figure it out. I know I do it, the producers book it, I do it, we talk about it. But what is the fascination of it?
WALTERS: I’m not sure I know. I think there are more interesting things to discuss, more things that are important to people, more things that are inspirational to people. It’s a very tawdry story. An awful lot of people seem to be involved. And I guess it’s, you know, it’s tabloid at its extreme.
I say basta, enough. Let it go, Larry. And ET, and all you goofs. Stop it, for crying out loud.