Monday, December 29, 2014
Oh yes, I'm one of those people who read the supermarket gossip trash rags. Guilty as charged. I've been doing reading them for years.
In fact, I'm so bad I subscribe to these totally useless magazines. Only two though:
The National Enquirer
Both are published by the same publisher. Both out of Florida. Both total trash.
Now we all love good gossip. Admit it, you do too even though some of you won't admit it. There was a time perhaps that these magazines actually provided good gossip. However, that's not the case now. Ever try to read NE's Mike Walker? He's almost unreadable with his cutsie poo spelling of English language words like "spy witness" and getting in a tizzy about who is gay and who is not (aren't we over the "gay" thing yet for being legitimate gossip)?
These magazines stopped producing good gossip years ago. Now they specialize in appealing to the worst of the Obama haters by saying he is:
Almost every other issue has him and Michelle on the verge of separating. Has him flirting with other women or having affairs with them. Then in some issue they refer to his gay past. Hey National Enquirer! Make up your mind. Either Obama is a womanizer or he's gay . . . can't be both. We get it, you're appealing to your lowest denominator audience.
Then there are the issues where Camilla (Prince Charles' wife) hates:
I made the last one up. But wait, the NE will probably make that charge too.
Every issue I plow through hoping for a bit of true, juicy gossip but the most you'll get out these rags is who is having lunch with who (that's gossip?) Or outright lies. Apparently the English Royalty and President Obama are fair game and unlikely to sue these sorry ass magazines unlike celebrities who will sue.
Truth be told I get some of my best (and juiciest) gossip from a favorite blogger of mine, Bob of "I Should Be Laughing". And he's free!
What really did me in with these magazines and why I'm letting my subscription run out is now the ads are creeping in. At one time the NE's last two pages were ads. Now it's the last nine pages. Before you know it, the ads will take over like they've taken over my Vanity Fair magazine. And I'm letting that subscription run out too.
For all the money they charge for their subscription there was an unwritten understanding that the mag wouldn't be ad choked but greed sometimes knows no bounds.
Next up is my consideration for canceling my cable subscription. Ads are taking over there too. Whatever happened to the proposition when pay TV first came into being? Remember what they promised?
You pay for TV and you won't have to see the ads.
Ha! I can go turn on my TV now and what usually comes up first? You're right, ads.
What is it that our former illustrious president said?