I just saw an alarming segment of the Daily Show. Jon Stewart played a clip of a CNN program called “Early Morning”. True to its word, it begins at 5am. Ashleigh Banfield called Kerry Kennedy – at 5am – and proceeded to discuss her father’s assassination, asking if she had any “haunting memories” of her father’s campaigns.
Jon Stewart summed up the train wreck thusly: “You don’t cold-call a Kennedy at 5:00 in the morning. Do you know how many unexpected tragedies this family has suffered?”
It wasn’t the first time things went horribly awry with this cockamamie idea. As I watched, squirming and deeply embarrassed for everyone involved in the call, I realized that our culture can still be saved. We can still be embarrassed – we still feel shame. In the reality tv blitz where people discuss the most private events of their lives, it is good to know that there is not an audience for this kind of mindless stupidity.