The day before Thanksgiving is the king of all stupid stories days. These are the days of the year when the media decides to dominate that day’s news with completely useless information. There are random stupid stories, such as some movie star doing something stupid. Then there are scheduled stupid stories such as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The reason this day is the king of all useless stories days is that it is the combination of three useless stories all in one day. Call it the perfect storm of stupid stories days.
Storm 1 – Black Friday Preparation
For some reason most media outlets think that we have any interest in the misguided youths, unemployed, or otherwise confused consumers who have decided to camp out at their local Best Buy or other retailer for sales that will begin Friday. We are supposed to be interested in people who will spend their Thanksgiving sitting on pavement outside a store for hours on end, eating their can of baked beans hoping their investment of time will pay off in a $100 reduced price of a TV. Whenever you see these people, just remember that their vote for president counts just as much as yours.
Storm 2 – Butterball Lady
We all know that Thanksgiving is a special holiday, and an American tradition. Do we have to spoil it with a 5 minute advertisement for Butterball Turkey across all media outlets? Is it possible that someone who is hosting Thanksgiving dinner is still looking for information on how to cook a Turkey the day before their house is going to be filled with people? If this is true, thank goodness that she gives us the hotline phone number (also on the bird) for any turkey emergencies.
Storm 3 – Busy Travel Day
The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. This is why we get to see a top notch reporter standing at the airport. Perhaps we are even lucky enough to hear an interview, and find out who some random person is visiting. Scintillating! Just think how unimportant this story is. If you are traveling or waiting for someone, you are not watching the story. Even if you are watching at the airport just when they are about to tell you something useful, they say, “make sure to check with your airline for information”. Isn’t that what you would have done anyway?
The issue isn’t that these things aren’t important to somebody (I guess), it is that they are not “news”. What stories or reports are shelved to give us these gems? If you missed these stupid stories, don’t worry you will have plenty of chances throughout the year. There will be late gift buyer story on December 24th, or tax return wait-till-the-last-minute story on April 15th. If this isn’t enough, I’m sure Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan are planning something special for all of us.