Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Is it Really News?

I just watched Good Morning America. While I like the hosts and enjoy their banter and chemistry, I call foul on some of the "news" that they report. Granted, the first 20 minutes is when the real news is aired. Lately it has been going downhill really fast after 7:20 a.m. By now I know the format: 7:00 - 7:20 a.m. actual news including political and world news is aired; then comes some around-the-country stuff including accidents and trials; and then at 7:40 they air some celebrity story before a bunch of ads and then finish up the hour with Play of the Day at 7:50 and then it's commercials for 5 minutes before another news refresher at 8:00 a.m. and onto the fluff hour. I'm calling foul on the celebrity "news" portion at 7:40 a.m. Sometimes it's about a celebrity stalking issue, which can be serious. But, today, the "news" was about Katy Perry and John Mayer. They may have broken up. May have. Really? That's news? Even if they DID break up, did GMA really need to spend 5 minutes on it? And, what makes it worse, is that there was not ONE SINGLE source who could confirm it. Their "experts" were "reporters" from celebrity magazines who just speculate on what MIGHT have happened and a bunch of gobbidaly gook about how she met his parents already and he gave her a ring once. What a bunch of crap. Maybe if they actually broke up, it could have been mentioned in the Pop News segment. But since no one knows for sure and since neither Katy's nor John's reps would comment on the story, why, WHY is this an entire news story?!

I'm all for Pop Culture news, stories and gossip, but in the right place at the right time. Like on Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood -- which I don't even watch! I love GMA, but I'm getting frustrated with the fluff.


  1. I used to watch the Today Show before my full time job... I loved Katie and Matt and Ann. Now I don't watch anybody, and I get up at 6 am with no job.

    I have read about Robin on GMA. She seems amazing.

  2. I used to watch the Today show when I first moved here and wasn't going to the gym. I had to stop though, because I really couldn't stand Al Roker. He's not as funny as HE thinks he is. Now I tape it every morning and watch it when I get home from the gym. That way, I can fast forward through the commercials and any segments I don't want to see. I was multi-tasking today so that's why I sat thru the fluff pieces. Sigh.

    Robin is pretty amazing. I don't know that I could be that strong. And positive!