October 21st, 2006

kiss a dementor

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While I was listening to the radio on the drive home from work yesterday, a heard two on-air personalities discussing the 'fact' that OJ Simpson was writing a new book, tentatively titled 'If I Did It', apparently detailing his supposed crime in gory detail. This disturbed me enough that I decided to look into it when I got home. A quick Google search unearthed this MSNBC site which cites its source as The National Enquirer. The NE site has this article linked off the front page.

Not once during the 2 to 3 minutes that this was discussed on the radio was this publication cited as the reference. As soon as I saw the MSNBC article it invalidated the facts of the issue for me. I know this isn't a news station, but to me there is still an important difference between, 'OJ is writing a book' and 'the National Enquirer reports OJ is writing a book'! and it angred me that they hadn't made that distinction.

But why should it? Are the writers at The NE more or less likely to thoroughly check these types of stories before publishing them? Am I unjustly biased against this publication due to its associates such as the Weekly World News? Is it the tone of the article and the overall reporting that is a problem? Is it a lack of source identification?

How often are they wrong? How often have they been wrong about OJ? And finally, how disgusting is this book idea?

Good thing I don't make plans...

Holy smokes. I started this weekend thinking I would have a bunch of puttering around the house time, then a pedicure with Stella turned into breakfast, pedicure (she had gift certificates) and shopping. Then my brother called and offered his hockey tickets to hubby and me (and may I say WOOOHOOO it's about time guys! 8-1 is a great way to start winning at home). Gotta love a free pedicure followed by a free hockey game *g*.

Tomorrow morning it's breakfast with the 'wits, then working on Snorie's quilt some more. Not quite sure where I'm going to fit groceries, cleaning, work prep and Diablo. I mean, where is the time for Diablo in all this? Clearly I need to expand my weekends to 3 or 4 days because learning to say 'no' is out of the question.

The light burned out in the fridge today. I let hubby know that there's no way I wanted to sink more money into that old beast, we should shop for a new fridge *g*. It apparently was not that persuasive an arguement. Even after the kill-a-watt showed that it was using 160 KWH/mos (new ones use ~430/year)! I foresee an unfortunate accident in that fridge's near future.

Pressing question of the day: Criss Angel or David Blaine?