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Over the last three days, President Barack Obama tried to put out the political fire his administration started over forcing faith-based organizations to administer birth control.
Mitt Romney scored a twofer with wins in the Maine caucus and the Conservative Political Action straw poll.
We started getting a hint what the President’s budget will look like and what we see doesn’t look good.
You may have missed all this because starting Saturday morning all news outlets — broadcast, print and Internet — carpet bombed our senses with nonstop coverage of a drug-addict celebrity who apparently took a combination of drugs and boozed and died in the bathtub of a posh Beverly Hills hotel.
Pop singer Whitney Houston died. Early reports say she fell victim to the same drugs and booze lifestyle that destroyed her once prominent singing career. Any death is sad and when a death comes from self-inflicted obsessions it marks an endemic problem with our society.
But was her death worth all the hoopla, the news coverage and the breathless interviews with other celebrities who saw her death as a chance to get in front of a camera?
No, it wasn’t, but the attention shows how shallow our celebrity-infected culture has become.
Capitol Hill Blue searched “Whitney Houston” on Google news and you get 28,300 results. Search “Barack Obama” and you get 23,400. “Mitt Romney” brings 23,800. The Afghan war brings just 11,300. President Obama’s budget? Just 80 results.
Network newscasts spent more time on Houston’s death than on the Presidential race and Capitol Hill news combined. The Afghan war didn’t make it on a single weekend newscast.
Whitney Houston was a talented singer with a golden voice who had everything in the world going for her. She chose to drown that talent with booze and pills. As a recovering alcoholic, I understand struggling with the beast of addiction.
Houston chose to give in to the beast. Early autopsy results who a mixture of booze and prescription drugs in her system — always a deadly combination.
She chose her path and it killed her. End of a sad story. She’s not the first celeb to kill herself with an excessive lifestyle and she won’t be the last. She joins a not-so-exclusive list that includes John Belushi, Chris Farley, River Phoenix and too many more.
That’s a fact but is it also the biggest story of the weekend?
We shing not.