I have said, ad nauseum, that I don't bother with the news anymore. I really think I used to be a news junky, but the stuff that passes for news these days has completely turned me off. And we have three 'stories' that put me over the edge--the kind of things that make me want to shoot my TV. (Again, there IS a reason I don't own a gun...)
Our first story deals with a group of organizations trying to strong-arm McDonald's into retiring Ronald McDonald. Their idea is that HE is a big part of the fattening of America's kids. Bullshit. I'll say it again: BULLSHIT! Okay, okay--I see what everyone else sees and I do realize that there is a problem here in the US when it comes to weight. (Believe me, all I need do is look in the mirror.) But, cartoon characters selling food is the least of the reasons for it. The number one problem in this country is this: a family can be fed McDonald's food OR Kraft Mac & Cheese or any number of processed foods for MUCH, MUCH less money than it costs to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Until the cost of fresh, 'healthful' (sorry, but I HATE that word) food is as cheap as processed food, people WILL gravitate toward what they can feed their children for less. And, with the number of mothers who also hold jobs outside the home (I also HATE the term 'working mothers'), time is also a factor--and it does take a lot more time to cook a meal with fresh foods than with packaged. Obesity in America is more than commercials and it would take days for me to write my impressions--which I won't do here. Food and exercise are not the only factors at play here--we have society and career choices and other things, as well. I'm sorry, Michelle O, but getting kids to 'move' is NOT the big solution to the problem we have here.
The second story that sent me reeling was about a 'pageant mom' who Botoxes her 8-year-old daughter and then went on Good Morning America and TALKED about it! Is there ANYTHING that can be said about this story? To begin with, I have hated 'beauty pageants' since I was quite young--I always thought the participants were ridiculous. And then when they came out with pageants for little girls--who, by the way, dress up like little sluts--I was completely appalled. To find out that these poor little tykes are getting Botox injections isn't surprising, but IS completely disgusting. This is another reason why the rest of the world hates America. (And with that statement, I'm thinking that little girl beauty pageants are mostly a US thing--although I COULD be wrong.)
Story number three has to do with the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver split. To begin with, this is a non-story for me. I'm really surprised they lasted as long as they did--they just looked awkward together. So, the split isn't surprising. The story that sent me over the edge comes from the LA Times and it is titled 'How To Talk To Kids About Arnold Schwarzenegger's Infidelity.' Really? Is he relevant enough these days for kids to even know who he is? I asked The Oldest about this and she said the story wouldn't even be on her kids' radar, as not one of them knows--or cares--who Arnold is. So, who exactly is making this a much bigger deal than it is? Don't most kids have friends who have gone through parents splitting up and haven't parents had the 'talk' with them? This is a topic that most parents have to get to at some point--just like they have to do the 'facts of life' talk. So why is this a topic that is so upsetting to kids just because it involves Arnold and Maria? Am I smelling a publicist at work here? Unbelievable.
When stories such as these are headline-inducing, I wonder if it IS true that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Far too many issues are being ignored by the news people and we allow it. If we quit 'following' the junk news and actually tried looking for relevant stories, maybe we would go back to the days of insightful and meaningful and informative journalism. But I highly doubt it. And so, I will continue to ignore the news and wrap myself in a little cocoon of isolation.