What is News? “Information about recent and important events; "they awaited news of the outcome.” -www.wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn “Material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast; matter that is newsworthy.” -Merriam-Webster
Where is Celebrity News? Victoria Beckham on Larry King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62dKyJ4SE4E&feature=related • Anna Nicole Smith dead death died News Report http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAEZFtIAvo8 • Paris Hilton For President Obama John McCain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzb9R9NVEtU
Taking Priority? Two sides. Thomas Patterson of Harvard University: Soft news stories have increased over time. Dean Baquet of the LA Times: More celebrities means more coverage.
Who is to blame? 87 percent of the public says celebrity scandals receive too much news coverage. 54 percent of people who say celebrity news is over-covered believe that news organizations are to blame for giving attention to such coverage. Young people blame the public more than the news media.
Paris Hilton’s Jail Time: - 4 percent of the national news was devoted to that coverage. -12 percent of the American public said that the story was the one they were following more than any other. - In the week that Paris was released and then sent back to jail, that was the #3 story on cable television.
Anna Nicole Smith’s death: 24 percent of all coverage was devoted to the story Media references on March 2: Fox News: 10 references to the Walter Reed story 121 references to Anna Nicole Smith MSNBC: 84 references to the Walter Reed story 96 to Anna Nicole Smith CNN: 53 references to the Walter Reed story 40 references to Anna Nicole Smith
Brian Williams Resistance “Viewer warning: There will be no mention of Britney Spears' baldness or rehab in tonight's broadcast, nor will there be any mention of Anna Nicole's 'body possession' hearing”
Resistance Mika Brzezinski http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VdNcCcweL0 Jack Cafferty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OL9zl9IMlA&feature=PlayList&p=C57FA6BBE2AA7C2D&playnext_from=PL&index=2&playnext=2