Friday, February 9, 2007

Anna Nicole Mania

Way too much coverage of this story, so this distant planet will not be piling on (or getting in line to claim paternity of the Golden Child).
"... And over the course of the next hour ... there will be no reporting ... beginning at the top of the hour... on the passing of Anna Nicole Smith. We hope you'll join us... Wolf, back to you."
I'm sure the presidential candidates breathed a collective sigh of relief for not being in the kill zone of the evening cable shows for one night. Maybe they won't even get back to Pelosi bashing when the ANS story dies down. And who is Lisa Nowack again?

This tale is guaranteed to have legs for a while yet since not even all the knuckleballs have been pitched: the latest is a claim of paternity by Prince Frederick von Anhalt, the 59-year-old husband (of 20 years) of 90-year-old Zsa Zsa Gabor. "She was a very big fan of Zsa Zsa and wanted to be like Zsa Zsa," the prince tells the AP of ANS. "She wanted to be a princess."

OK. But now back to our regular programming.

Kudos to Lou Dobbs, the uber serious CNN defender of US borders, for his tease on Thursday's Situation Room:
"... And over the course of the next hour ... there will be no reporting ... beginning at the top of the hour... on the passing of Anna Nicole Smith. We hope you'll join us... Wolf, back to you."
And a raised eyebrow to the New York Times' article, properly on page 12 and referenced on the front page, which contains this passage:
She appeared in several movies, among them “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994) and “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” (1994). Her other cinematic credits include “Playboy Video Playmate Calendar” (1993); and “Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration” (2003).
"Cinematic" strikes me as a snide choice, especially when "screen" is available ("movies" is spent earlier in the graf). IMDB lists these two works as, you will pardon the expression, documentaries, so that would have been acceptable as well. Too bad that choice sticks out in what is otherwise among the straightest and sanest coverage of this story.

1 comment:

nicole said...

This is a good article on the issue:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-rutten10feb10,1,4184250.column?coll=la-news-columns

One angle is that Americans are too depressed and alienated by the war and the upcoming elections that we must turn to stories such as this one for distraction. And, of course, we're a culture obsessed with celebrity and oddity, real or imagined.