More Messages: Seems Like Old Times

Talk about an unpleasant flashback. On the June 26 edition of MSNBC's Live & Direct, vile hostess Rita Cosby was rasping about the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey amid the squawking and exhortations of two (loudly) talking heads: Mike Kane, listed as a "former special prosecutor" (he was part of the Ramsey investigation from 1998 to 2000) and criminal defense attorney Jeralyn Merritt. Above a banner reading, "WHO KILLED JONBENET? JONBENET RAMSEY'S MOTHER LOSES BATTLE WITH CANCER, REVIVING INTEREST IN CASE," the screen was filled with the juxtaposition of wretchedly familiar images: first, beauty-pageant footage of the blond tot wearing a cowboy hat and strutting like a show pony, followed by video of hapless Boulder authorities searching the Ramsey home/crime scene for clues that weren't there or would lead to nothing.

When the debate turned to a contemporary quote from Dr. Henry Lee, a tabloid-TV double-threat (he was also part of the O.J. Simpson carnival) who speculated about the possibility of a Patsy Ramsey confidante coming forward now that she'd breathed her last, the sense of deja vu was almost complete. Indeed, the only thing lacking was a transition to another years-old story -- like, for instance, a new Bill Clinton denial that he'd ever had sexual relations with that woman. It came as a relief, then, when Cosby moved on to an alleged kidnapping hoax in Florida, followed by a report about Rush Limbaugh being questioned at an airport for having a Viagra prescription made out in the names of folks other than him.

Better a report about current fake-news than another golden oldie. -- Michael Roberts

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