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January 25, 2013

NASH: Is any of this really news?


It could have been worse for Lance Armstrong last week if not for the hoax that may or may not have been perpetrated on Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o. This Heisman Trophy finalist was in love with a girlfriend that he had never met and spent hours talking on the phone, before her “death,” to someone who didn’t exist. I am sure that things like this happen to normal, average, everyday people just about every day, but if you can run real fast and tackle the guy carrying the ball, then it is front page news.

Then we come to the news of this week. One of the most historic days of the entire year happened this past Monday. It was the second Inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. The constitution requires transfer of power in a democratic society, which fell this year on the national holiday celebrating the life of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was overshadowed in some places by other “news.” 

Some people have questioned whether or not during the singing of the national anthem, recording artist Beyonce sang live or lip synced. There have been reports that because of her inability to schedule enough practice time with the Marine Corp Band, she lip synched the “Star Spangled Banner” for the inauguration. While it is our national anthem, many singers have complained about the complexities of singing it live.  It was also being sung outdoors in front of a crowd that was estimated at nearly one million people in the freezing cold. Four years ago, cellist Yo Yo Ma supposedly did the same thing because of the extreme cold.

After the swearing-in ceremony of the president, during the congressional luncheon, the president and speaker of the house were sharing what has been described as a lighthearted exchange. Sitting between the two men, first lady Michelle Obama was filmed rolling her eyes at something that was said. There is no audio of the conversation and no one has come forward to say what she was reacting to at the time. Almost immediately the Internet was abuzz with why she would be so disrespectful. My question is, why is this news?

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