I should have never turned on the TV this morning.


All the news channels were reporting on, had to do with the upcoming Tiger Woods press conference — you can read the highlights here. And now that it’s over, all the news channels are reporting on STILL has to do with the Tiger Woods press conference. Literally, right now CNN Headline News is replaying the whole statement in its entirety.

I am SO OVER THIS NON-STORY. And I really really want to know why, and when this became stop-the-press news.

I am a news junkie. I love knowing what’s happening, as it happens. But somewhere along the line, celebrity updates became part of the news. It is endlessly frustrating to me that Sarah Palin’s every pop-culture related Facebook rant, Heidi Montag’s every plastic surgery revelation and Tiger Woods’ descent into a downward spiral of sex and shame has become headline news that is more reported on than the two wars we’re currently in. I’m mad that stories about trivial things become the headlines, while stories like this go largely unreported.

Rant over. Off soapbox.

What do you think?



Lexi says:
February 19, 2010, 2:59 pm
I agree completely. I'm so sick of "wardrobe malfunctions" and things like them taking a higher priority on the nightly news than REAL issues. The other day while eating breakfast, a news reporter said, "Stay tuned for the latest news on Tiger Woods, live from near his home!" while scrolling across the bottom was news about the war. It disgusts me and really makes me question where priorities lie these days.
BeautyXchangeGirl says:
February 19, 2010, 3:31 pm
Totally agree. Just a few weeks ago Haiti was headline news now it's practically non-existent yet I know people there that are still going through horrendous struggles. Please continue to pray, help, & hope for Haiti.
sybil says:
February 19, 2010, 4:22 pm
booooo tiger boooooo shut the hell up. try to make it right at home if you want to but you did not need to interrupt ellen.
Athena says:
February 19, 2010, 4:32 pm
When I heard that Tiger Woods would be making a televised statement about this boring scandal of his my thought was: no, there is not really going to be a scheduled press conference because some golfer cheated on his wife. When I actually saw it happening I could not wrap my mind around how ridiculous the whole thing was. The media is treating this like its the Bill Clinton/Monica whatsherface scandal all over again. When did absurdly rich athletes who cheat on their wives become news, and why is this a matter of national importance over so many of the real issues that this country should be dealing with? I don't care who he cheated on or how many women he had sex with and I don't see why he needs to apologize to the public. It is none of hour damn business. For a minute I was very worried about the state that this country is heading in. And the funny thing is, I hadn't heard about this man for a good week and now he had to open his mouth instead of sticking to original plan of hiding out and shutting up. This is going to be clogging the airwaves all over again.
Athena says:
February 19, 2010, 4:34 pm
* It is none of our business, not hour. Geez.
Leslie says:
February 19, 2010, 4:56 pm
Well said! In fact I would have rather read an "Afrobella of the Week" or "Throwback Thursday" (even though it is Friday) in place today's blog space. I miss "vintage" Afrobella posts-i'm just saying....
bella says:
February 19, 2010, 5:33 pm
Duly noted, Leslie. I've got something special planned, fret not!
JenG says:
February 19, 2010, 6:42 pm
Amen Bella!
sandra says:
February 19, 2010, 7:13 pm
I think because we are in an "idol worship" society. Every event is about "idols". And unfortunately advertising is where the big money is and sports and sex are big pulls in this society. A challenge: ask yourself how many shows you attend to at the expense at living life at its fullest which have a lot to do with sex and men....something to think about.
Anna Renee says:
February 19, 2010, 8:32 pm
They force idol-worship on us then blame us when we become idol worshippers! That's why I try not to watch the news, which is hard because my hubby loves it. As for the waterboard story, they don't want us to think our soldiers are coming home to torture their families, sweep that under the rug.
savvybrown says:
February 19, 2010, 9:07 pm
Thank you Bella! that poor little girl. Our vets are clearly not getting enough attention. Tiger? Stick him in a room with John Mayer. I just don't care anymore. - savvy
Sabrina says:
February 19, 2010, 10:06 pm
Christine says:
February 19, 2010, 10:32 pm
D to the I to the TTO. I can't say that I ever much cared about Tiger's woes (lord knows I didn't care about his triumphs either.) Mostly because I am not at all interested in golf, and even less interested if a sports person has a screwed up personal life. BUT I would love it if the US news could I dunno, cover the actual world changing headlines every now then.
Chubbs says:
February 20, 2010, 1:27 am
I'm indifferent about Tiger...always have been...mainly b/c I know/care zilch about golf. I blame the blood-thirsty media execs for once again spinning a marital issue into a "need-to-know" news story.
April says:
February 20, 2010, 2:29 am
Never did care for Tiger. Like so many Black athletes they marry white women sending messages that Black women don't deserve to be pampered and treated well. On the other hand I work with male and female Vets that have returned from the Iraq war. They are truly tortured souls who have given more than these pampered celebrities. I pray this young man gets the help he needs. God Bless our men and women who have given in some cases all for this nation
Athena says:
February 20, 2010, 10:43 am
I really wish my fellow Black women would stop bringing up that tired "Black men get rich and then only want Black women" meme. We can pamper ourselves now and don't have to wait for men to do it. Besides, I think these men have shown that they aren't worth much regardless of who they are involved with or how much money they make.
Athena says:
February 20, 2010, 10:44 am
I meant white women. I can't type lately.
JenG says:
February 20, 2010, 1:21 pm
@Athena: I must agree we can pamper and celebrate ourselves. I decided that instead of being down and looking sad that I would have a Jennifer Day which means I do things that make me feel special and treat myself. Once a month I celebrate Me! We can't depend on others to celebrate us we have to do it ourselves!
April says:
February 20, 2010, 10:47 pm
I'm happily married to a wonderful BLACK man. The last time I checked I live in America where I can VOICE MY opinion.
Lori says:
February 20, 2010, 11:34 pm
It's called a RED HERRING. When there are unpopular things going on in the world, the USA media tends to hype the celebrity drivel. It happened during the OJ trial. Remember Rwanda? Funny how that genocide coincided with the whole OJ fiasco. The hope is that we will all be lulled to sleep by gossip so that the criminals running this country can get on as business as usual. I hardly ever watch tv, let alone the "news" any more. You're better off watching BBC.
Sherly says:
February 21, 2010, 1:53 pm
Wow, that's really scary that our vets are doing things like this. Clearly, they need some psychological help before they are brought back to civilian society. Can you imagine the fear of water that little girl has now?? And yes, I'm so over celebrity news. There are actual newsworthy stories out there.
cristalle1 says:
February 21, 2010, 10:42 pm
Thanks so much for putting into words what I have been thinking since this 'important' conference. I too am 'over' all this continued hype about celebrities- re: Tiger Woods? Who cares? What about Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, feel good news stories? This is the drivel that is populating the minds of the next generation masquerading as a news item. Tiger needs to play golf and be quiet, the news media needs to focus on the real issues, this is a non-story and I am glad I did not waste anytime watching the 'press conference'. Hopefully this is the last we hear of Mr. Woods (I use the 'Mr.' lightly, outside of a PGA tournament).
Brunchie says:
February 23, 2010, 8:51 am
I wonder why no one mentioned the waterboarding story that was linked? Post-traumatic stress disorders are common amongst veterans and so untreated. The suicide rate for soldiers who have done some duty in Iraq or Afghanistan has gone up. You're right. Why is no one talking about that?
joe Marshall says:
February 24, 2010, 5:59 pm
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jacktheripper says:
February 25, 2010, 3:10 am
I feel like people need to stop worshipping these celebrities. There no different from you and i.
This Time Now says:
February 26, 2010, 12:18 pm
I was standing in a lobby here in Seoul, where I now live again, and was glad to not be in the States where I'm sure everyone at the water cooler would be talking about this "press conference". I saw it for two seconds and you would've thought that President Obama was going to come out and say his peace in this whole sordid mess. Since when did cheating on your wife become World News? There's nothing new under the sun people, nothing. People are fighting in wars, cities practically being wiped off the map causing homelessness and even more poverty and this guy gets face time, for being stupid? Been over this minstrel show for years.


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