. . . ask yourself — could it all be utter bullshit?
Sheena now says British tabloid The Sun—which published the first Botox Mom story—orchestrated the whole thing. "I was provided with the story, instructions, and a script to follow for a recorded interview." She made $200. "The truth is I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant."
There are plenty of genuinely outrageous things going on in America, and in the world, that we ought to be outraged about and that the media ought to focus on. But those things tend to be uncomfortable, controversial, complicated, and difficult and/or expensive to cover. Why spend $50,000 on a long-term investigation of government corruption when you can spend $10,000 to get some jackass to tell the world she Botoxed her eight-year-old, and get ten times the eyeballs that the corruption story would have gotten?
How can you tell the bullshit from the genuinely outrageous? Well, when the media makes shit up, blows it out of proportion, or plucks it from deserved obscurity to crowd out serious stories, it tends to follow certain familiar themes:
1. That pretty white girl is missing!
2. Holy shit! This product will incinerate/decapitate your kid!
3. He is not married to her, and yet they had intercourse!
4. How could that celebrity have said that?
5. This small-chinned child is in peril!
6. HOW CAN YOU DO THAT TO A LITTLE BABY DUCK, YOU HEARTLESS BASTARD!
7. Eeeeeew, gross.
8. Ha ha! He totally had his schlong out!
By contrast, if the media reports on one of the following stories, it is generally not made up, because the media doesn't particularly give a shit, and thinks you don't either:
1. Lies by politicians that require more than two sentences to explain;
2. Corruption of a sort that cannot be understood by a five-year-old;
3. Culturally deified groups (cops, firefighters, etc.) misbehaving;
4. People accused of crimes being mistreated;
5. Political leaders making stupid decisions that cannot be described at a sitcom level (e.g. "Ha! He totally choked on a pretzel!")
6. Generally, reality failing to function as TV suggests it should.
Last 5 posts by Ken White
- About Clark Being "Purged" From Popehat - May 24th, 2017
- The Dubious "Anthony Weiner's Accuser Was Actually Over 16" Story, And Why I'm Very Skeptical - May 22nd, 2017
- Lawsplainer: The Remarkable Anthony Weiner Guilty Plea - May 19th, 2017
- The Elaborate Pantomime of The Federal Guilty Plea - May 8th, 2017
- A Disturbing In-Flight Experience - May 1st, 2017