Thursday, March 01, 2007

Kris Aquino-James Yap ad nauseam

I don't know about you guys, but I'm freaking tired of the Kris Aquino-James Yap issue already. I did not even bother watching the local shows over the weekend and yet, all I hear, watch, and read these days are still all about the issue -- enough to learn whatever I missed over the weekend. But when you get to learn details like the sexual position of James Yap and his rumored lover (who also reportedly did a Monica Lewinsky), don't you think there are far bigger issues that we need to be discussing, especially that the elections is just less than three months away?

I bet the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which has been publishing a front-page item on the issue since Sunday, will come out today with another front-page article related to it (Maybe something connected with James Yap's campaign support for Kris's brother, senatorial bet Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, like it did yesterday).

Don't you think we, in the local press, do something like this?

From Paris to the Newsroom: The AP Goes Cold Turkey On Hilton For One Week
Source: The Huffington Post

Is the media trying to stage a celebrity intervention on our behalf?

Judging from recent ratings the public can't seem to get enough of the Anna Nicole/Britney, all round celebrity news coverage (even Oscar numbers were up this year). However, in the last few weeks it's begun to seem that the media powers-that-be may have had their fill.

Early warning signs were apparent a while ago when Daily News gossip columnist Lloyd Grove attempted to ban Paris Hilton from his column. Then, at the height of the Anna Nicole Smith news extravaganza, Lou Dobbs told Wolf Blitzer that there would be no Anna Nicole Smith coverage on his hour at CNN.

This was followed by a warning from Brian Williams that he was also jumping the Anna Nicole/Britney meltdown media ship (at least for the night).

And then the AP announced that "the print team is planning an unconventional experiment: We are NOT going to cover Paris Hilton." (The announcement was actually made on Feb. 13 and was only in effect for a week, so we guess we can't really fault them for this.)

If this trend continues perhaps US Weekly reporters really will find themselves looking for Osama Bin Laden, while the rest of us finally sort out the differences between Sunni and Shiite.

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