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News director enacts ban on Lindsay Lohan stories, deserves raise

In what will hopefully become a trend everywhere, a CBS affiliate in Washington, DC, has decided to listen to its audience and stop airing Lindsay Lohan stories.

Lindsay LohanWhen Lohan was arrested on Thursday for assault, WUSA news director Fred D'Ambrosi posted on Twitter that he was considering a ban on all stories about the troubled actress and solicited viewer feedback through the station's main Twitter account. A variety of opinionated and colorful replies from viewers ensued, wholeheartedly supporting the notion with messages such as "yes please f*** lindsay" and an additional request to stop covering the Kardashian family as well. The message accurately noted, "A blank screen would be more thought-provoking!" Although D'Ambrosi surmised that her stories might qualify as news only because "she keeps getting away with it," he bowed to the will of the people and brought the hammer down on Lindsay Lohan, starting with a 20-second story that was scheduled for Thursday evening's newscast. Due to the overwhelming response, D'Ambrosi encouraged Twitter followers to submit other stories they believe are not worthy of news coverage, using the hashtag #NotNews. He later clarified that it was a one-day ban because of Lohan's unpredictable nature and that the station's newscasts would still feature some "fluff" pieces, but the story of the "Lohan Ban" was quickly picked up by outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter, Gawker, and Perez Hilton.

As long as these bans apply only to superfluous stories involving the Lindsay Lohans and Kim Kardashians of the world, I am all for them. There's no reason anyone needs to know how often they get arrested or who they have sex with. How do you feel about the Lohan Ban?


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- Lindsay Lohan
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- CBS

Written by: Chrononaut
Dec 2nd, 2012, 9:43 am

tinalessia

Level 2 (56%)
Since: 12/Oct/07
Message Posted On Dec 3rd, 2012, 8:23 pm

sorry, guess I needed to vent :)

tinalessia

Level 2 (56%)
Since: 12/Oct/07
Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2012, 5:28 pm

My family's crap is much more newsworthy but I haven't alerted the media. There used to be a saying that even bad publicity is still publicity. I think she's broken this particular saying for good. I too am sick of seeing headlines with her in it and I will never get the whole Kardashian craze. Bruce Jenner was once awesome.... IN THE 70's PEOPLE!!!!! What does this family have to do with ANYTHING!!!! I really don't get it. One was trying to become an actress ( CSI if I recall correctly) sincerely bad acting, WTH was THAT all about??? One of them is now on The X Factor?? Really? again...WHY??? This is worse than the craze with the Hilton girls. Our society has certainly hit a new low if young girls look up to people like the Kardashians and Hiltons. At least my daughter appreciates Brittney Spears for overcoming all of her past hurdles. What ever happened to idols like Marie Curie, or Michelle Obama? When did we become a nation of Honey Boo Boo followers? Why is there a reality show about Rednecks on an island? Shouldn't we ask ourselves if all of these stupid reality shows are airing, isn't it because there is a demand for them? What kind of a mindset have we fallen prey to? My daughter's 13 and I am still the parent, she doesn't get to watch whatever she wants, that would just be reckless. Do we let our kids watch shows like 16 and pregnant because it's easier for them to get "educated" there rather than having heart to heart talks with our kids?.  Yes as a middle aged woman I'm going to throw out a worn out phrase... I miss the good ol' days......PBS helped to educate me, Mister Rogers, Sesame Street, and the beloved Electric Company. I used to love reading teen magazines about all my favorites stars. What I don't remember is reading about their drunken, drug adled illegal escapades. Does it make us feel a little bit better about our own lives and defects, knowing that there are movie stars who have worse problems in spite of their money? Please let's get back to what defines news.

Anonamoose

Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2012, 11:59 am
Perfect. I am sick of hearing about her, the Kardashians...which should just be A reality show called "Armenian Whorehouse"... and other non news items. Simply put, the story is simple..she cannot drive and has issues with people and her family. Like a lot of people.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2012, 10:09 am
About freakin' time some one showed some common sense in the media!!
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