Today, an extension of American Idol

“Is the Today Show just an extension of American Idol?” Jeremy just asked me.

Well, that seems to be the case. They run a segment on the reality show every day. It gets more time than the war, the partial-birth abortion ban, Gonzalez gate, the Wolfowitz controversy — I could go on for a long time here. Why is Sanjaya such a pop phenom? Because shows like Today drone on and on about him. This would all be fine with me if Today didn’t peg itself as a news show. It’s entertainment, with occasional weather reports and news briefs thrown in for good measure.