Debi Drecksler

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Debi Drecksler's passion is writing for and about the "guy on the street."

Previously a columnist for The Asheville Citizen Times, Rapid River Magazine, and Savvy Discounts, Debi also created and hosted a radio talk show called "You've Been Caught... Being Nice!"

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Are Americans Addicted To Smutty Stories From The Media?

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The BIG news the last few days has been Congressman Anthony Weiner’s confession that he sent messages and photos of a sexual nature to women online.  This followed his complete denial of any inappropriate behavior. Once again, the internet has exploded with the stories. If you type Anthony Weiner’s name into The Huffington Post search engine on June 7th, 2011… 1,280,000 links appear.

What does this tell us. I think it is yet another example of how the media believes that Americans are addicted to smut. Every time one of these stories appear, REAL news takes a back seat. Let’s take the last two days for example. Did anyone read the following stories?

Some nuclear power plants have not properly trained their workers about emergency guidelines intended to protect the public in the event of a severe accident or disaster, federal regulators said Monday

A group of economists made the case on Tuesday for raising the federal and state minimum wages across the country as a way to boost the stagnant economy and improve the standard of living among low-wage earners.

I think those stories are worth reading! These are things that affect most American lives. (I’m not convinced that the very wealthy care whether the average Joe gets a raise.)

I have a problem with the dumbing down of Americans by the media. Those of you who read me on a steady basis already know that.

My question is…How do we put an end to it?

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4 comments to Are Americans Addicted To Smutty Stories From The Media?

  • Madelyn

    Put an end to it, by just admitting that people like sex, and realizing that it’s no big deal when it turns out that someone famous likes sex, too. NO ONE CARES. Move on, people!

  • Debidrecksler

    Madelyn..Loved your comment!

  • Cosmictomato

    Your sanctimony betrays you.  It is you who is interested, yet you are anxious to tell us that you are not.  You, in fact, are interested in valuable and important stories.  Scandal is always available for those who are interested in it, or commenting upon it.  Sex makes fools of us all.  This no secret.  People will not necessarily read your important stories if they aren’t interested in smut. You, my dear, are the essence of the problem and now that I’ve made my comment, so am I.

  • Debidrecksler

    Cosmictomato… Thank-you for your most thought provoking comment!

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