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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Breaking News That Really Doesn't Matter

Carrie "Full Frontal Opposite Marriage" Prejean keeps her crown.

And now, David Shuster explodes:



Shuster has a point, though his is going to be lambasted for it on Fox"News" tonight for letting the wall that seperates news anchor and honest American slip. What is all the fuss about?

Here's why this is such a big deal.

Carrie Prejean is now a household name not because she is Miss California, not because she "opposes" gay marriage, but because she is another in a long line of media-created controversy-mannequins. There's been thousands like here before, and when her time is up - and since she's retained the crown, that moment is fastly approaching - there will be thousands more to come.

Shuster's outburst is indicative of not only his pesonal beliefs, but those of the bulk of Americans who see the Miss Universe Corporation ( and that's why Trump is part of this, it makes him money ) as a visual distraction from everyday life.

What exactly does Carrie Prejean have to offer the world, seriously?

Has she invented a longer lasting lightbulb? A cure for cancer? Discovered that magic number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop? The answer to those questions, and more, is an emphatic NO.

Sure, she'll travel around California and have her picture taken at events, answer questions from media outlets that are better off focusing on the needs of their audience rather than kowtowing the the platic nature of the pageantry-class. Because, at the end of the day, what is Carrie Prejean other than just another blonde with fake boobs and a desire to have people look at her so she can tell them exactly what they want to hear?

As far as David Shuster is concerned, this particular video isn't so much about Ms. Prejean as it is about him. Well, that's going to be the Fox"News" perspective this evening. That's because this is their type of story.

Here we have a vaccuous blonde with ( non-too-impressive ) fake boobs that is ready to go all-in and tell Perez Hilton that she believes in the "sanctitiy" of marriage. They are sitting there, in the control rooms and editing suites, ready to have B-roll footage for O'Reilly, Beck, Hannity, and whomever else can use it. Color-corrected, chopped quotes, and talking-points memos distributed en masse to all their anchors. It's almost as sensational as the latest "missing-white-girl" story. Only this time, the girl can talk, do press tours, provide the "context" with which they so eagerly coax out of her.

For Trump, this is a business decision. The more face-time Prejean gets, the more money he gets. It's win win for him.

Fox"News" doesn't give two twinkles about Carrie Prejean. She's their new toy. They'll play with her so long as she is willing to bend over and take it with a smile. Make no mistake that they are always looking out for the next gimmick.

And isn't that what the pageant-class is all about, gimmicks?

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