Friday, February 09, 2007
The Cafferty File: The media & the model


On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following question, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:

How would you characterize the television news coverage of the death of Anna Nicole Smith?

Please God, save me from any more news of Anna Nicole Smith. May she RIP, but I never want to hear her name or see her face again. The news coverage is completely overwhelming and unending. It's way too much coverage for someone who contributed so little. Mother Theresa didn't get this much coverage
Dave, Middletown, Rhode Island

The media coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death has been obscene. Yes, it is newsworthy, for maybe a half an hour tops. There is so much happening in the world that actually matters. This story is not worthy of a tenth of the coverage it is getting.
John, Detroit, Michigan

I consider the news coverage of Ms Smith's death to be just what I expect from the news: sensationalism, mindlessness, frivolous, shameful. Why is she more important than the three American soldiers that died yesterday?
Diane, Washington

In one word, overdone. Has it been a slow news week or what? Please, no more about this over-augmented, talentless person famous only for being famous. Not all of us care.
Patricia, Lockport, New York

Respectfully, this sort of thing is not news at all and deserves no time whatsoever on anything but an entertainment show. The media not covering the important issues in the U.S. and around the world is how we got in the mess we are in.
Anne, Green Valley, Arizona

What's the message when virtually every major government official has a higher negative rating than positive?

It would mean to people of honor, it's time to resign. Let's see if there's ONE.
Joseph, Franklin, Pennsylvania

The loud-and-clear message is that it is time to change the way this government is structured and operates. It no longer works at the behest of the people; it has become an insular den of special interest iniquity, and the American people are finally waking up to this fact.
Michael, Kauai, Hawaii

Our leaders are on the wrong path and not listening to what the people of this fine country really want from them. Maybe they should stop worrying so much about Republican or Democrat and look more at what the constituents want regardless of what their Party is.
Don, London, Ohio

The answer is the American people are what is wrong because they vote the sleazy bureaucrats that are bloated with their own importance into office.
Jerry, Hewitt, Texas

What's the most dangerous thing you've seen someone do while driving?

I once saw a woman eating a bowl of cereal while driving. Silver spoon and all!
Amber, Annapolis, Maryland

Most dangerous thing: a guy shaving with a straight razor and shaving cream, while in traffic.
A.

I believe that listening to right-wing radio hosts is the most dangerous thing a driver can do...it surely renders you mindless.
Ken, Baltimore, Maryland

How about eating a slice of watermelon? I saw that last summer and almost ran off the road in disbelief!
Mark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Well, it was probably me, a long, long time ago, drinking and driving. Of course I know better now.
Susan, Anderson, Alaska
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 2/09/2007 07:48:00 PM ET | Permalink
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