Saturday, June 03, 2006

What's Wrong With the Media, In One Sentence

"How would you answer reports that you have Alzheimer's?!"

-- reporter shouting at Elizabeth Taylor as she left CNN after appearing on Larry King Live the other night.

Never mind the rudeness of the question. Never mind the rudeness of shouting. Never mind the rudeness of shouting at a woman of advanced years. Never mind that I don't know anyone who had heard those reports. Never mind that I don't know anyone who cares about those reports. And never mind the futility and rudeness of shouting at her if the reports were true. And never mind that there is, after all, a war on.

Let's instead just focus on one thing: She had just come out of an interview devoted, as I understand it, to answering that very question.

And that's what's wrong with the media.

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