Not News

In a country where more people get their news from Entertainment Tonight than any other source, this is a valid headline:

Lance Armstrong Engaged to Sheryl Crow (Reuters)

On my “My Yahoo” page Reuters is running this story second in the categories of Top Stories and US National News. Could anything be more trite and unimportant than this?

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  1. whatever says:

    Maybe it is a form of comic relief. How much tragedy can you take in a single weekend. The first thing that came to my mind when I read it:

    So their kid…(insert biking/singing joke here)

  2. marybeth says:

    More trite and unimportant? All of the “news” stories about the engagement of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes comes to mind.

  3. DL says:

    Let me be the third to make a comment about the most innane piece of information this week.

    My comment is that this is the first news item as I scrolled down this blog that has any comments at all. Thought I’d join in!

  4. Anderson says:

    Well, it’s news to ME. Sheryl! After our weekend of passion! How could you?

  5. Herb says:

    Looks like Lance Armstrong is getting old, He’s riding downhill now.

    And guess what? Who cares

  6. An Interested Party says:

    “trite and unimportant”…as opposed to all the entertainment and sports stories posted on this site?