By now we all have heard about Justin Bieber and his recent arrest for driving under the influence and resisting arrest. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the Biebs in a lovely orange jumpsuit? But does this constitute as breaking news? MSNBC certainly thinks so.
I came across this short video while scrolling through my Twitter timeline. My good friend had posted the clip and tweeted, “The sad state of American media.” Well good friend, I could not agree with you more.
Upon Justin Bieber’s detainment, MSNBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell abruptly interrupted her live conversation with Congresswoman Jane Harman, regarding the National Security Agency, to report the “breaking news” of Bieber’s arrest. Although it was not Mitchell’s decision to stop her conversation with Harman, she and MSNBC are now receiving harsh backlash for reporting Justin Bieber’s arrest on national television as “breaking news.”
The question remains…where is American media going? Are we no longer concerned with important issues that are facing our nation and instead more concerned about celebrity gossip?
I personally think that MSNBC, like most television stations today, was simply trying to appeal to their younger audience. However, it is sad that in order to do so, they have to break from traditional news and report news better suited to appear in a tabloid.
Is my generation to blame?
Watch and see for yourself.