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From the Midway : Worst stories of 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

This time of year, most of your big TV networks start showing their year in review programs. The programs usually give a rundown of the biggest stories of 2007 or famous people who died during the year. It gives us a time to reflect and hope for a better year to come.

Of all the stories that happened in 2007, there are a few that I would like to forget. So, for the first time I present the "From the Midway" awards for the top five stories of 2007 that wasted my time.

The winning stories are, in my opinion, the worst of the year. Not just because the stories revolve around celebrities but also how the media treated these stories.

5. Britney Spears shaving her head

Why does this young lady continue to step outside her door? Everywhere she goes is caught on tape. She is the type of person who complains about the media but at the same time she has the same people from the media change her tires. I don't care about her problems. All of her problems are self-induced and it is hard to feel sorry for someone who won't help herself.

4. Paris Hilton going to jail

This story was one of the most outrageous things that I have ever seen. If you or I did the same thing that she did, we would not have gotten out of jail after a day. This story proved that if you're famous and rich, the rules do not apply to you. Plus the media played the story as if she was going to prison. She was not in prison. She was in a county jail. There is a big difference between a state or federal prison and county jail.

3. Return of O J Simpson

This story is still in its gestation period. In a few months the tale will begin and every TV station will be camped out in Nevada waiting for that perfect picture of OJ walking away in handcuffs. As this story developed I thought to myself, what the heck was he thinking? All the man had to do was stay out of trouble.

2. 10th anniversary of Princess Diana Death

There have been new questions surrounding the death of Diana and a new video of her on the night of her death. First of all the so called "new video" of her in an elevator is not new. I can remember seeing that same video 10 years ago. There is nothing new about this story. What happened to her was a tragic accident. So let the woman rest in peace and remember what she tried to do with her life.

1. The death of Anna Nicole Smith/who is her baby's daddy?

Talk about a media circus. You could not get away from this story if you were stationed at the South Pole. All of the coverage that this story received was sickening. Not only was every fact that surrounded her death thrown out at us. The story would not end and just when we thought that this story was over, we get hit with the question of who is the father of her child? If you don't know who the father of your child is please don't die and have the rest of the world watch the courts try to figure it out.

Congratulations to all the winners of the first "From the Midway" awards. May your work live on so that all can remember how you wasted my time.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway