In Stuart Scott’s ESPN the Mag column “Two Way,” this exchange takes place:
Question from Jerrod [Syracuse, N.Y.]: What do you think about the coverage given to a story like A-Rod and Madonna’s? Is this newsworthy? Why are we hearing about this?
Answer from Stuart Scott [ESPN]: Great question, complicated answer. Personally, I couldn’t care less about A-Rod and Madonna. People get divorced all the time. But for two days, this story was the most-talked-about item on ESPN.com. I played big on MSNBC, too. So even though I don’t think it’s a story, obviously a whole lot of people do. That makes it news.
Such an exchange leads me to ask, “What makes the news the news?”
Thus is the state of our public discourse.