Woke up the usual time today,  and as I do every morning, (before seeing the morning newspaper) tuned in for the latest national headlines from the TV networks……and OMG!    On rare occasions, I’ll actually hearing something that is NEWS, with the execution of Osama bin Laden one of the most recent examples.   Great story, definitely NEWS and something for all of us to cheer about.   Yes I know there are some out who don’t like that we….the U.S.,  put two bullets into UBL’s hat while he was unarmed, but the three thousand plus who died on nine-eleven weren’t armed either and UBL was cheering that one…..so……”good for us.”

     Now…..back to the NEWS…….today’s NEWS.    The two highlighted stories on the major networks morning show were #1…the guido’s from the Jersey Shore reality TV show had landed in Florence, Italy and #2, James Tate, a Connecticut high school senior will be able to go his senior prom after all.    I can separate these non-NEWS stories only one way; The Jersey Shore cast, starting with #1 knucklehead “The Situation” are quite simply a band of uncouth (but apparently cool) young people with a combined IQ of perhaps 26…..maybe 27.    End of story for me.    But the networks actually had cameras and reporters in Italy following them around, including talking to the Mayor of Florence for his opinion.    He didn’t like ’em either.

     And then there’s James Tate.    This kid decided to ask fellow senior, Sonali Rordigues to the senior prom by posting his invitation on the side of the school building in Shelton, Connecticut.    For that, his up-tight High School Headmistress got her undies all in a knot,  suspended James and banned him from the prom.    Pretty stupid eh?   Agreed!     But “thank you” Facebook, James is going to the prom after all.   National and then worldwide response to this non-NEWS story and a unanimous voice of support from about 196,000 Facebook followers, Headmistress Beth Smith relaxed the knotted bloomers, changed her mind and said “Jamess and Sonali may attend the prom in June.”      Sweet…..ain’t it?

     The lesson learned here is this:  there are at least 200,000…..ok nearly two hundred thousand people on Facebook who need to get a life. If you disagree, would love to hear from you.   HMU????

Comments (6)
  1. Richard Perez says:

    Tune in to your former station and listen to the new Gary-wannabe they hired. No one can replace you!!!

  2. Jeff brune says:

    I am one of those thousands of facebook users.Not proud of it.Also not ashamed.Have convinced myself that I’m in good company with all the rest of the “no lives” numbers that frequent that site.
    Being a retired senior citizen and dealing now with the dreary weather pattern I feel justified in spending hours in front of the computer “chatting’ with other no lives friends..
    We have come to some monumental conclusions and solved quite a bit of the worlds difficulties between us and feel much better and very proud of ourselves in being so damn smart.
    One thing I noticed with all the time I have on my hands is reflecting back on all the people who WBZ tv has gone thru in the past.Hundreds it seems.More than any other Boston station it seems.Why?..Don’t get me wrong I am a big fan of the station and try and get used to it’s continual replacing of news,sports, and weather people even though I have lost some favorites in this shuffle I still tune in every evening..Think it’s because I’m holding onto a thread in the person(s) of Jack Williams and Barry Burbank,both of whom survived whatever was the demise of all the rest and to see if there will be another new face to get used to..

  3. Bob L. says:

    Can’t be as bad as what we have to watch in Western Mass for news! It seems like every other story on the local Springifleld stations is a PSA or “puff piece” for a local business. If I see another “news” story telling him how to prevent a house fire or how to cross the freakin’ street without getting run down…I’m going to scream!!

  4. Jeff brune says:

    Most of these stations practice selective journalism.Whatever these 20 something execs think is news isn’t really what people of my age are interested in.I don’t mind too much that they cater to the younger crowd up to a point but some just completely dominate their newscast with stories that they and others in that age group would be interested in..

    I enjoy WBZ I think for the most part they do a great job on the news and the current staff of reporters and anchors are top notch so I don’t understand why they are constantly changing staff.I do watch other stations also and have never seen such a turn-around as WBZ has..

  5. Corina Flores Burroughs says:

    I Totally agree about the non-news reporting Gary!!!

  6. Corina Flores Burroughs says:

    Oh, BTW I am an avid facebook user…. and I get all my news from facebook. Why doesn’t ANYONE on ANY news talk about the tax that is being suggested- the drive as you go tax…. is it because it is supported by the President?

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