There are hundreds of substantive stories the press could cover. Mostly, journalists give them no attention at all. At best, they're one and done.
What do reporters (on TV, especially) get to the bottom of? Stupid, idiotic reactions to non-stories that any ignorant celebrity-watcher can relate to. I hope this mild reaction from John McCain to Visorgate puts an end to that particular waste of everyone's time.
"Oh, it's fine. Sarah said she wanted to be a little bit incognito," McCain said when asked about the incident on "Fox News Sunday. "I don't blame her. I understand that."I don't care that Sarah Palin's explanation of why she did it is the most obvious bullshit since ... the last time she opened her mouth.
But have no fear, there will be other inconsequential stories. Hey, the press asked Bill Clinton whether he wore boxers or briefs (what, no commando option!?). Think of the multiple choice questions they could ask Palin. Thong? That would get all the conservative men back to fantasy - if they ever left.
Update (12/22): Joan Walsh points me to Salon's review of the bullshit stories that give journalists good wood for their tabloids.