There is an unnerving change on the newly retooled, flashier CNN webpage: on the homepage, the EDUCATION section has been replaced by FUNNY NEWS. Education news is not accessible from the front page; you have to search for it.
This is a stark example of “infotainment” trumping crucial kitchen-table issues in mass media. Reports on the far-reaching effects on America’s families of the sweeping No Child Left Behind legislation may not make headlines as snazzy as “27-foot wiener gets cop roasted,” but they actually matter.
Exhibit B (Okay, not actually journalism, but disgusting nonetheless. Bolding is mine):
Work hard, take risks, maybe build your own business. That’s the traditional route to financial success. Of course, there’s another highly traditional path to acquiring wealth that isn’t talked about quite as much these days: Marry money.
Real money. As in not a mere millionaire (a dime a dozen these days) but an honest-to-goodness billionaire – make that 10 figures after the dollar sign, please.
True, it’s not politically correct to go hunting for a marital meal ticket (or for that matter, to write about it). But just for a moment imagine the life that could be yours if you did.
Forget the fabulous baubles, designer clothing, cutting-edge electronics and palatial mansions that your golden goose – uh, spouse – might heap upon you.
Consider the more pragmatic bonuses of the good life. No more scrimping and scraping to make your annual Roth IRA contribution. No more working until you drop to ensure a comfortable retirement. And no more worries about where your children will get into college (or how to pay for it).
A seven-figure donation from your beloved to the school of your choice and your kids are in the door, even if they’re no smarter than grapefruit.
Now, a breath of fresh air: