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Sunday, June 04, 2006  

You want to read something depressing? Check this shit out, from Yahoo! News:

And, over in taking-reality-television-way-too-seriously-land, a Plattsburgh, New York man was arrested after hitting his mother with a sharp object attached to a bicycle chain during a heated Idol discussion on May 24, the night of Hicks' triumph over Katharine McPhee.

According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, 24-year-old Cory Favreau was talking with his mother, Jan Chagnon, about the result and took issue with her comment that McPhee would likely have a successful career despite her second place finish.

In response, Favreau allegedly swung his makeshift weapon at Chagnon, cutting her head and sending her to a local hospital where she was treated and released. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the altercation.


Y’think?

Seriously, how sad is it that this is the state of modern journalism? We really aren’t given nearly enough information to make sense of this story. Is Favreau a hater or a Katharine McPhan? Was he angry with his mom for shattering his illusion that her career is over, or for minimizing the tragedy of her loss?

And what about that bike chain weapon? Did he go out into the garage, take a chain off a bike, attach something sharp to it, and come back in twenty minutes later while Moms was absorbed in a Yes, Dear? rerun? Or does she let him keep his bicycle chain weapon at the ready, hanging from a hook in the TV room? Or even resting in his lap so that as the stress and suspense of the American Idol finale builds to a climax, he can nervously tell the links like Rosary beads? If it’s the latter, then that’s a house rule she may want to consider rethinking.

But of course we have no way of knowing, because the J-schools are cranking out hacks these days. Thanks a lot, Yahoo! News. You yahoos.

posted by M. Giant 8:43 PM 3 comments

3 Comments:

You neglected to point out the key word "achohol" in that story...just going to show what a few seemingly harmless PBR's will do to a perfectly normal Idol fan family. It could happen to you!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 5, 2006 at 7:47 AM  

Before you go ahead and attack journalists en masse, consider that often police departments are less than forthcoming with details in incidents such as these.
I'd argue that this doesn't rise to the level of a news story at all; most domestic disputes don't make it into the paper I work for, unless someone is killed. Perhaps that's sad, but it's true.

By Anonymous Hackette Reporter, at June 6, 2006 at 5:40 AM  

Oh... dear.

Anyway. What I was going to say is that this totally could have happened between me and Trash, since we watch American Idol together and sometimes disagree about contestants. But she can't really debate things very much, because she never remembers anyone's name. Instead, Trash tends to refer to contestants by unwieldy, often politically incorrect descriptions. (Example, though not one of the awesomely offensive ones: she referred to Taylor as "old old man," right up until the end of the season.) This is similar to the way she once described Big Brother by asking M. Giant, "What's the one I watched one time with the people with the teeth?" And he was like, "Big Brother." And that's when I thought, "I want to have a marriage exactly like these people have."

But nothing will ever be any more awesome than the moment when she predicted ahead of time that Chris Daughtry would sing "Higher Ground" on Stevie Wonder night because it had been covered by Red Hot Chili Peppers. She is magic.

Of course, she wouldn't have said "Chris." She would have said "Bald Guy."

By Blogger Linda, at June 6, 2006 at 1:04 PM  

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