A former parishioner, now gone to North Dakota, writes on Facebook:
...is frustrated with the U.S. news. 15 seconds on the military coup in Honduras...23 hours a day for the last 4 days on Michael Jackson.
(first I even heard about the coup, btw)
And one of his friends responds,
There was a coup? All I heard was that Billy Mayes died on the news this am!
Freedom of the press is in our Bill of Rights as a significant protection against government intrusion in our lives. The press is there to let us know what the government is doing.
But we've traded our interest in being free for an interest in being entertained. Were Marx around today, I wonder if he might change his view and say, "Journalism is the opiate of the masses" (and he was, after all, a journalist who would recognize the current dumbing down of that profession).