Just Say No to JonBenet
Last week, guess which story topped the national evening news on ABC, CBS, and NBC? JonBenet Ramsey. Who was the big guest on Nightline and the Today Show? JonBenet Ramsey’s father. What story made front-pages of America’s newspapers, including The New York Times? You got it.
It wasn’t the war in Iraq or the tenuous truce in Lebanon, or even 10 million kids here at home who lack health insurance. It was JonBenet.
Contact the News Anchors at ABC, CBS, and NBC, and tell them we’ve had enough JonBenet by signing this petition.Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON
Featured Comment by fizzy: You know why Lebanon isn't bigger news? It's a rerun. So is Africa, and Republican vs. Democrat, and Arabs we don't like, and young African-American men killing each other at civil-war rates. And they're like The X-Files: at one point we cared how the story was going to turn out, but they just kept making up more outrageous stuff just to keep the series on TV. We like conclusions. These stories don't show any sign of ever having one.
And JonBenet is fascinating stuff: the whole bizarre universe of the child beauty pageant. The Svengali parents creating the mini-me-but-better. The hyper-OCD mom, too tightly wound to have a real child. The evidence that seems too obviously fake to really be fake. The apparent bungling by the police that any mystery-novel reader could point out. The curiously dispassionate response by Dad when the suspect was captured. The very fact that a rich white girl was murdered (which, even ten years later, still would be front-page news in any big city in America). America thinks that no one is looking out for that little girl, from her parents to the police. We want to see how the JonBenet Show ends up.