On a slow news day I can understand news channels such as CNN spending a lot of time talking about a controversial song, but what about on days when there is some legitimate and horrifying news going on?
Well apparently CNN still thinks it's okay to spend a lot of time talking about a controversial song despite more important things going on.
Last week, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J dominated the news and gossip worlds while everyone debated about their song Accidental Racist. Even "Saturday Night Live" covered the story last weekend.
Also happening last week was the trial of former abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell who is accused of murdering fully formed babies as part of his so-called abortion clinic. He's on trial for multiple murders of babies and at least one adult patient. His alleged crimes are unthinkable and definitely should be newsworthy.
However, Brad Paisley's song was still the big news story of the week.
Newsbusters.org has crunched the numbers and found that CNN devoted exactly 24 seconds on Tuesday to the trial of Gosnell and his clinic of horrors but spent over 18 minutes discussing the controversy over Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's song.
That means CNN devoted 45 times more coverage to a controversial song than to the trial of a man who is accused of routinely murdering babies.
I don't watch CNN, but I can tell you that I saw a lot more of Brad Paisley on the morning shows last week than any sort of coverage of the trial of Kermit Gosnell. You know what else I don't remember seeing covered by any news sources last week? The Exxon oil spill in Arkansas. Wonder how much time was spent talking about that story compared to Brad's song.
I love seeing country music getting loads of press, but this honestly just makes me sad.