Dish: How Gossip Became the News and the News Became Just Another Show

Dish: How Gossip Became the News and the News Became Just Another Show

by Jeannette Walls
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before Jeannette Walls, no one in the mainstream media dared to admit the truth in print and write about it: that the press sold its soul to chase profits rather than the truth when it came to the ratings. Long before the O.J. Simpson case, the nielsens would skyrocket whenever celebrity news "trumped" (no pun intended) that of hardcore foreign news. I was reminded of this when I read the chapter on the Trump divorce wars; The Donald, his bimbo Marla, and soon-to-be ex-wife Ivana were all the rage at a time when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in the spring of 1990 after twenty-seven years of incarceration. The huge 1987 Gary Hart fiasco was merely a prelude to the painful excuse the msm always provides for themselves and us by maintaining that if the public wants it (and WE always have the right to know) then they are merely doing their jobs as professional gatekeepers. Both the 1987 Gary Hart expose and the Clinton/Monica scandals of 1998 were prime examples of the msm's desire to present the great gullible unwashed with scandal and hard news simultaneously, the same reasoning that they used to exploit Charles and Diana marriage breakup when it hit the headlines. The sad truth, as Walls makes vividly clear is that the public figures who are so often maligned by this salacious coverage, also love the attention, as did Diana, Princess of Wales, the twentieth century's prime martyr of the celebrity myth she helped to create and which destroyed her in the end.