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

Friday, July 13, 2012

Crisis of confidence (in AP)

Going through Associated Press stories this afternoon, I came across the item on Jennifer Lopez announcing that she's giving up her job as a host on Fox TV's "American Idol." Her announcement, as you may know, comes on the heels of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler announcing that he, too, is quitting as an "Idol" host.

The "slug" on the Lopez story (that's newspaperspeak for the name given to an article by a reporter or wire service) was, I kid you not, "American Idol-Crisis."

Crisis? Seriously?

The financial meltdown of 2008 was a crisis. Watergate was a crisis. 9/11 was a crisis. The stock market crash of 1929 was a crisis.

Steven Tyler and JLo leaving "American Idol" is just a tad less significant than those events, wouldn't you say?


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