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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

All Edwards, all the time

In the news today:
• Russia and the republic of Georgia are on the brink on all-out war.
• The first full day of competition at the Summer Olympics in Beijing has been marred by the brutal murder of an American visitor.
• The talented comedian and actor Bernie Mac has died at the much-too-young age of 50.

So what were CNN, Fox News and MSNBC devoting most of their air time to when I turned the TV on this morning?
John Edwards, John Edwards and John Edwards.

For heaven's sake, the guy isn't an elected official anymore, he's not running for anything, the affair that he admitted on Friday happened two years ago, and his wife has known about it for quite some time. How much coverage do we need beyond being told what happened?

Stupid question, I know. We are, after all, talking about cable TV news, which fast is becoming an extension of the celebrity gossip industry; and we are, after all, talking about the sex life of a public figure. Put simply, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC just couldn't help themselves.

But enough already. There are more important matters about which the public needs to be kept informed, and we have a right to expect that large and influential news organizations will adhere to that responsibility.



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