Thursday, November 27, 2008


Here's what Roger Ebert has to say about the culture of celebrity that is pervading entertainment journalism at the moment in America's newsrooms. He says the "lengthening toll of former film critics acts as a poster child for the self-destruction of American newspapers," and roasts the drivel you are increasing getting in its place about Brad, Angelina, Jen, Britney, Heidi and Spencer, and all these other folks.

And I'm sure these stars are sick of being stalked by the press, too. Really, these folks would rather talk about their movies, and a lot of people out there would probably rather hear what these folks have to say about their movies. But instead, the suits in charge at the news organizations are giving marching orders to the rank and file to increase the celebrity coverage in an all-out bid to ape TMZ.

So we're getting live continuing coverage of the state of various relationships and whether certain female actresses are pregnant or not, because supposedly that's what sells with the great unwashed.

I have to say, I don't care who's anorexic or who's having a baby, or whether Karolina Kurkova has a belly button, or any of that stuff, either. And I agree with Ebert: someone has to tell the people at every entertainment publication and media outlet in North America that Barack Obama has nothing to do with entertainment. He is not an entertainer! End of story.

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