The media feeding feast that is the Anna Nicole Smith death is a disgrace in so many ways. While many others have weighed in on the various image and reputation aspects of the tabloid sleazefest, the more troubling trend is mainstream’s media absolute love affair with the central story and its juicy paternity sidebar. Whether it’s the Today Show, CNN, USA Today or the Associated Press, our leading media sources are going 24 x 7 in an all-out sprint to out-scoop one another and uncover the latest rumor or innuendo.
So, what must the rest of the world think of this nonsense? Does this sad and sordid saga not reinforce what most already think: namely, that we’re self-absorbed, decadent as hell and interested only in the superficial, the sensational and the salacious? Does it not reinforce radical Islam’s views of America as being the "great whore" as I’ve heard us described on more than one occasion?
While I’m not positive what the rest of the world actually thinks, I do believe the Anna Nicole Smith story is just the latest pit stop on our country’s long moral and ethical road trip to image and reputation hell.