Fighting Snobbery with Anna Nicole

Covering, you know, real news stories as opposed to Anna Nicole Smith is a form of snobbery. Or at least, that’s what Fox News host John Gibson would have us believe:

GIBSON: Now I submit to you that that is a real, honest-to-God drama. Now it may not fit the high-minded views of a lot of news professionals, people who think that their news program is just another part of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. That only a certain kind of news is worthy of their discussing. Those people are snobs. They’re people who, when they see a story, go, “Ew, icky. I don’t want to do that.” I did this for years. I’ve been doing a long time. I’ve approached many stories and said, “That story isn’t worth our trouble.” It has always been a mistake. Always. Every single time I did it. So when I see people like this guy —

[CLIP ANDERSON COOPER] There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.

GIBSON: Oh, there’s a war on, there’s a war on. Maybe, just maybe, people are a little weary, Mr. Cooper, of your war coverage, and they’d like a little something else. Maybe that’s why they all thundered to this story.

[CLIP ANDERSON COOPER] There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.

GIBSON: My complaint about this is what you’re listening to when you hear that guy lecture the audience, is you’re listening to news-guy snobbery. Essentially saying, “I’m better than you. I know what you want to hear about, but I’m better than that story. I’m too high class for that story. I won’t stoop to what you want to hear about.”

I’m not playing that. People want to hear about the Anna Nicole story, I’m happy to tell them.

No doubt about that, Mr. Gibson. That’s about all you tell them. It’s amazing that I find myself in agreement with this guy most of the time, yet I still can’t stand him. His news show (I’ve never listened to his radio show) is one of the most worthless on television, as it’s simply an hour devoted to whatever sensationalism happens to be playing on whatever given day. If anything, Gibson shows his own snobbery, or at least the fact that he is woefully out of touch, in insisting that “real Americans” want to hear about Anna Nicole Smith instead of Iraq. Americans aren’t stupid, Gibson.

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