This is not about football, but about priorities. The main news story on the 7pm news on ITV was about Michael Owen being injured and not playing in the world cup. There were far more important stories after that article that should have warranted a higher profile. It's the same if a "celebrity" is in the news. The news, mainly ITV, portray it as more important than things that affect people directly. Have we lost our sense of propprtion or is the "media" thinking for us?
I do prefer BBC News to ITV, but the BBC aren't exactly blameless. At least they're not held to ransom by advertisers like ITV. This reminds me of someone else's thread about the licence fee, but I think that one ran its course!
There may be more 'important' issues than Owen being a tad off colour and wussy but many people are not interested in the 'burning issues' of the day. This is why the Sun outsells the Telegraph many times over and absolutely dire TV shows such as the abysmal brain cereal rubbish that Noel Edmunds hosts, have many times larger audiences than current affairs programmes such as Panorama or Newsnight.
To be brutally honest the progress of the road widening scheme near me is of much more interest to me than whatever is going on in Iraq/Afghanistan.
I agree with a lot of this thread, especially Colin and GANDALF <|:-)> comments. I do find it a sad reflection on us (the British public) that the media should find it necessary to feed us in this way. Unfortunately, we have only ourselves to blame, because this is what we appear to prefer!