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The Dumbing Down of America

Reported by Melanie - August 11, 2004 -

Today's (August 11, 2004) Dayside w/Linda Vester was a complete and absolute piece of junk. With so many critical and urgent issues swirling around the planet, the hour, hosted by guest host Mike Jerrick, went like this:

1:00 p.m. ET to Trace Gallagher in California on Amber Frey; two guests commenting on Frey's testimony; news break at 1:10 p.m. ET; Orlando Salinas in Florida on tropical storms Bonnie and Charlie; to Carol McKinley in Denver at 1:16 p.m. to talk about the Kobe Bryant case; a story about a guy in Alaska acquitted on charges resulting from having a car accident while allegedly playing a video game or some such thing; at 1:22 p.m. ET six minutes on a nine month old brain dead boy, and the legal struggle for custody by his parents. At 1:30 p.m. ET a news break. Back from the news break at 1:31 p.m. ET with a full fledged FOX NEWS ALERT saying that Amber Frey was back on the stand in that California courtroom; then to Caroline Shively in Baghdad for a report on the "radical cleric" in Najaf and the charges against Chalabi; then to Major David Holahan, presumably in Najaf, talking about how sensitive the situation there is; then to a promo with Martha MacCallum for her upcoming show; at 1:40 p.m. ET to a screaming match between Ellen Ratner and Cheri Jacobus on Bush's selection of Porter Goss to head the CIA; then to the producer of the Showtime series "American Candidate;" on to a story about Vanessa Williams filing for a divorce; to "Jacko" looking to move to Miami; to porn star Jenna Jameson announcing she wants to be a mom; and then to the regular segment "Stupid Criminals."

COMMENT: An hour filled with such meaningless blather isn't an offense unique to Fox News, which is precisely why I decided to write this post. America, welcome to your airwaves, courtesy of five or six corporations who say they know what you want to see!