I was in Atlanta last Thursday, and I had the occasion to speak with a writer for CNN. I initially offered my polite criticism of his employer, which he seconded with a far more scathing rebuke. He was embarrassed to be associated with them, and hoped to leave as soon as possible. In fact, he didn't even get CNN at home.
One of my criticisms was that CNN should start an entertainment news network, and cover all of those stories there, leaving the core channel for actual news.
It was only a few minutes later that I was to hear about the death of Michael Jackson. Today, we learned that "Fully 93% of cable coverage studied on the Thursday and Friday following his death was about the King of Pop."
For days, their top story was: "Michael Jackson is still dead."
Jackson death also killed any remaining interest the world had in the Iranian election, let alone hiking trips conducted by southern governors.