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.
When 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?