Monday, August 21, 2006

There is no escape

In case you haven't heard, the authorities have finally arrested someone in connection with the 10-year-old murder investigation of Jon Benet Ramsey. And the only way you might not have heard is if you've been living under a rock all this past week.
Last night, CNN's web site ran one of its bright red banner alerts at the top of its page which are generally used for breaking news of the highest importance. I began reading that the plane carrying Ramsey's accused killer had .... (What?! The plane crashed?!, I thought. What could be so important?) .... landed at LA International Airport.

Oh My! Thank you for that bit of earthshattering news CNN.

Now this morning I see that the top-of-the-fold lead story in the San Antonio Express-News is giving me a detailed, minute-by-minute rundown of the entire plane flight including what the accused fellow ate and what he was wearing.

Absolutely appalling! And this story pushed down to the bottom of the page the news that snipers in Baghdad had opened fire on a Shiite Muslim religious procession killing 20 people and wounding 300. Ho-Hum. Just another day in lovely Iraq where freedom is on the march and the insurgents are in their last throes.

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