newsworthy or not? I say – not

I am no under cover detective, but I may just be on to something.

All week, across many of the mom blogs, there has been a trend.  An ongoing discussion across the mom blogosphere surrounding Anderson Cooper and his show that aired this week on the very old, extremely tired Mommy Wars.  A few guests appeared on Anderson on Wednesday and shared their opinions that stay-at-home moms were lazy.  Apparently, SAHM’s hide behind staying home in order to escape responsibility AND working out.

As the segment day approached, Mom-101 and Practical Katie wrote about it.  Post segment, Babble Salon Series conducted an online discussion on the subject featuring the opinions of a number of prominent moms.

Basically, this argument between a small minority of SAHM’s and Working Moms has been around for too long and should just go away.  It really is not even worth the breath we waste on it.

The bottom line is this – Who decided this topic is news?  It is old, tired, and BORING.

Then this morning I woke up to my daily morning email from HARO (Help a Reporter Out), AND I see a query from the Anderson show for ‘Ever been so mad at your kids you called the cops on them?’

WAIT a minute, holy Batman, didn’t Lisa Belkin just write a blog post on this topic at Huffington Post last week (because it actually happened 2+ weeks ago)?  Belkin was sharing HER thoughts on the topic.

And, this gets me thinking….I am pretty certain that the Huff Post also just ran a blog post featuring the opinion of a single working mom on SAHM’s, last week, too? (For the record – I did not love the opinion here as much as the perspective in Belkin’s piece).

I like the Huff Post, and whether they are discussing something I agree or disagree with, it is typically presented in a classy way.  Not to mention, a blog post is subjective and reflects the author’s opinion, BUT as stated earlier, Anderson presents himself as newsworthy.

Is digging up old disagreements and taking ideas from blogs full of personal opinions, really newsworthy?

What if the producers actually researched and found something worth airing on TV?

Why am I even concerned with this?  Simply because I was a SAHM, now a WAHM, and admire any MOM!


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  • Practical Parenting January 13, 2012, 3:22 PM

    The daytime show is decidedly less newsworthy than 360 😉 Calling the cops on your kids? Wow, that should be a good one! I still have the other one on my DVR…haven’t yet found the time for Anderson.
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  • mom101 January 13, 2012, 7:19 PM

    This is pretty much how it works. Read the Sunday Times sometime. Whatever is in the magazine or styles section ends up as a story on all the morning shows that week. Talk shows respond to the culture as much as they influence it.

    Meanwhile, I can’t say I blame them. There’s great content on mom blogs!
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    • Rachel Blaufeld January 13, 2012, 9:19 PM

      You got me there…..
      I get the Times … Guess I need to watch more daytime TV
      Or just pay attention to the election And butt out of all
      This 😉


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