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When the media is obsessed with a sensational story, such as the O.J. Simpson trial, the runaway bride or story de jour un trois about Astronaut Lisa Nowak's 900 mile road trip wearing adult diapers to allegedly "off" a fellow astronaut, it's always interesting to see what new story will "off" the last sensational story.

We didn't have to wait long. A short time ago the "breaking news" for all the cable news networks to run with was the collapse and death of Anna Nicole Smith in a Florida hotel room.

Earlier in the day the Pentagon announced that four more soldiers were killed in Iraq bringing the toll to 3,114 dead American G.I.s A few day before that the number of dead flipped from 3,000 to 3,100 without so much as a blip on the media's grim Iraqi reaper's radar screen.

We know enough about the Nowak affair for each one of us to write a novel. After all, the media alerted us to every fact and speculative fancy about this poor woman who obviously had a breakdown that became gruesomely and painfully public.

Anna Nicole's life has been public for years, and now they've jumped all over her death with the enthusiasm of ravenous hyenas picking over a rotting carcass.

There hadn't even been time for her body to be delivered to the local coroner's office, when the newsies had their "experts" lined up to conjecture and speculate on what killed her.

Where do they get these people? Do they keep a stable of so-called experts on every subject on Earth locked up private little green rooms just in case? And, why would these "experts" want to lay their reputations on the line to guess about something they know absolutely nothing about? Five minutes of national TV air time? Hardly seems worth it, since 99 percent of the time they're wrong.

We know more about these two women whose lives have absolutely no effect on our lives whatsoever than we know about where George Bush disappeared to during his last six month of "service" in the Texas Air National Guard.

What he was up to then, like the rumor that he was confined to a mental hospital, might have everthing to do with what is affecting our lives, the lives of our troops and the lives of 25 million Iraqis.

It must be the networks' bottom lines that we know more about these two women than we know about any of the servicemen and women who have given their lives and limbs for their country. Hell, we're not even allowed to see their coffins coming home, but we can know every last little gory detail about Nowak and Smith and all the other media distractions.
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Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)

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Sandy, Yesterday evening when I turned on the t... by Missy Comley Beattie on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 9:56:46 AM
They take us for the biggest fools around. Do ... by Mr M on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 10:24:42 AM
obvious. Tim Gatto hit the nail right on the head ... by Steven Leser on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 10:30:56 AM
we watch. On days like today, I tend to watch old ... by Rob Kall on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 11:51:19 AM
specifically because I want to chose my own conten... by Steven Leser on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 3:05:47 PM
I suggest finding at least one news source from ou... by lwarman on Saturday, Feb 10, 2007 at 3:10:44 AM
Rob, on days like yesterday and so many others lik... by Sandy Sand on Saturday, Feb 10, 2007 at 8:18:32 AM
Generally speaking, slesser (previous commenter) a... by Brian Mathes on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 11:54:47 AM
No, Sandy, she wasn't more important than all thos... by kevns007 on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 12:32:06 PM
Like the media and the pundits haven't spent enoug... by Karen Fish on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 1:40:29 PM
Fishergl, neat tying to non-stories together. May... by Sandy Sand on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 2:36:04 PM
I fathered Anna Nicole's baby. I just thought I... by Steven Leser on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 3:07:03 PM
I guess there might be two or three men that don't... by Fred F on Saturday, Feb 10, 2007 at 7:33:33 AM
Good thing O.J Simpson and Scott Peterson are out ... by Fred F on Friday, Feb 9, 2007 at 7:45:15 PM
If this is journalism, I resign.... by Halo on Saturday, Feb 10, 2007 at 1:39:01 AM
An excellent piece. Two of the comments posted so ... by Jon Harrison on Saturday, Feb 10, 2007 at 11:45:44 PM