This image was doing the rounds on Twitter earlier (courtesy of Pictures for sad children ) and I think sums up the media coverage of Michael Jackson nicely.
This isn’t the place to debate the life and times of Michael Jackson and it’s sad to see such a musical icon pass away at the relatively young age of 50, but watching the news unfold has just been ridiculous.
We have a news channel on in the office and it’s been repeating the same news and lines all morning and I suspect it will continue to do so all day. Is nothing else happening today? I love the concept of 24 hour news channels but the problem is finding something new to say – at the moment I haven’t found out anything new since about 10 o’clock this morning. They recently dug out a pop-star for comment that hasn’t been around for years and was never that famous anyway. This is obviously the biggest story of the day but the idea of a 24 hour news channel is surely to report the news, not just one story on a loop. It’s still ‘breaking news’ for goodness sake.
Meanwhile 13 people have been killed in an explosion in Baghdad, not that it gets more than a mention an hour.