Three weeks ago, it was Susan Boyle.
Two weeks ago, it was Twitter (Why? Oprah joined it).
And this past week, it was the H1N1 Flu (or "The Flu Formerly Known as Swine")
That kind of week-long media frenzy isn't anything new or uncommon, but instead of creating an overnight sensation or watching the Big "O" send her first Tweet, this health scare sold thousands of masks, closed hundreds of schools and lead to yet another episode of "Joe Biden Says the Darndest Things!" Which made me think...
Where was this kind of media frenzy when we lost habeas corpus? When Bush tapped our phones without a warrant? When our President lied to start a war?
Yes, the media covered those events, but not with the intensity of a "new" 10-year old Susan Boyle song. Not with the attention to detail one finds in the critiques of Oprah's first Tweet .
Which is why I kind of wish that Leslie Kritzner's new character, Roz Reinbaum, was a real reporter. So that she could bring her unique and hilarious intensity to the important news of the day.
And so that, when Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx says this about Matthew Shepard...
"We know that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. The bill was named for him, the hate-crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills."
...Roz could shove a microphone in her face and say, "This is UNACCEPTABLE!"