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Monday, November 30, 2009

Free Ads for Disney

Disney is releasing a new video game in which Mickey Mouse will be less cordial. What's the catch? The game releases next year! Why did this story merit front page coverage in the New York Times? Where is the timeliness? Maybe next year when the game is released, the Times can write a nice article and tuck it in the business section. But, this article is simply a free ad for Disney!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Toothpicks for Acupuncture?

Another ridiculous news article discussing the possibility that toothpicks can be used in place of needles for acupuncture purposes. A study showed that patients who received the treatment using toothpicks and not puncturing the skin felt the same amount of relief from pain as those who had traditional needle acupuncture. This is a pure human interest story. Doe human interest equal news? Comment and let us know...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fort Hood, STOP the coverage!

A recent google news search produced over 25,500 hits for the key words "Fort Hood." I understand that this was a national tragedy, and at one point this story was very newsworthy. But, this story has gone on way too long! The news media continues to exploit the tragedy. Lay off and let the wounds heal. Besides, I'm sick of hearing about it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Courthouse Pranks

In this article we are told that personnel at a courthouse had fun playing pranks on the FBI, and one person ended up turning some information over to the FBI. However, we are not told what. There is no information in this story. Maybe a slight smile over the pranks--but is this newsworthy? Let us know.


Celebrity Burglary

Who wants to hear about celebrities who are robbed? Things are stolen, just like thousands of other homes across the United States. No celebrities are even talked about extensively. Take a look at this link, and tell us if you think this is news worthy...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

May I take your "spoken" order please?

In American Fork, Utah four teens were cited with misdemeanors for disorderly conduct after rapping their order at a McDonald's drive-through. They were trying to impersonate the video below. How many misdemeanors get reported in the Salt Lake Tribune? Not many. I guess the editor couldn't resist publishing the endless puns including, "but the parents are saying their boys are getting a bad rap for their bad rap." Read the whole article if you want, but there's much news in it.