I watch The Today Show every morning, it’s my little way to find out what is going on in the world without having to watch a full blown news station like CNN. Before my coffee I can’t handle real news but I can watch Matt and Anne do stories about Photoshop Fail or funny autocorrect. I’ve even seen them do a story about a man with a duckface but that was on his duck that followed him to work each morning.

I guess what I am saying is that The Today Show isn’t real news. Sure, they spend the first three minutes of the ‘newscast’ talking about overnight news but for the most part they run stories about cats stuck in trees and Justin Bieber. Way too many stories about Justin Bieber and really any celebrity. Three or four hours worth of celebrity news is what The Today Show has become. Not that there is anything wrong with that but isn’t there more going on in this world?

I don’t expect deep analysis but I am interested in more than Justin Bieber and Jessica Simpson. Sure, I was interested to see that she gained more weight than I did during pregnancy but in about two weeks she’s going to be on the show in a bikini showing off her 100 + lbs weight loss, and that will just irritate me.

I blame this on Meredith Viera leaving the show. When she was there there was a modicum of seriousness and yet all the hosts understood that what they did each morning wasn’t real news. They played the part but didn’t expect anyone to stay tuned in the event of a disaster. CNN is for disasters, The Today Show is for concerts on the plaza and birthday wishes to 100 year old people.

Have you noticed that to get mentioned by Willard Scott (who must be 100+ years himself) now you have to be well over 100 years old? Now all the old folks are at least 107 years old, all bake their own bread and drink whiskey at least once a week.

I turn off the program when it’s time for the birthday wishes to the old people, I can’t handle the way he talks down to those people. I’ve even told my kids if I ever get to be old enough to have my birthday mentioned on the Today Show by Willard Scott that I will disinherit them if they alert Mr. Scott of my advanced age.

I will still watch The Today Show because the TV in my bedroom doesn’t get any other channel but I will continue to be irritated with their stories about people and things that no one really cares about.

Wait – what if people really do care about this stuff? What if we do wait with baited breath for Jessica Simpson to gush about her baby or for updates on Justin Bieber?

That’s too horrible to imagine.


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