All of us have heard the tragic news that Whitney Houston passed away on Saturday at the all too young age of 48. She had struggled with her own demons throughout much of her life, and it was reported over and over. She has been gone for less than 24 hours, but those who need to fill the 24 hour a day news cycle have already begun to draw their own premature conclusions.
All kinds of folks have been interviewed on the networks, from celebrities to the sound guy at the Staples Center. Tony Bennett is using this story to proclaim that drugs should be legalized. HLN’s very own Jane Velez-Mitchell is reporting that Xanax and other prescription drugs were found in the superstar’s hotel room. I think I would be safe in saying that Jane could find Xanax in the homes of nearly 40% of Americans. Jane issued the caveat that she is not jumping to any conclusion about Ms. Houston’s cause of death, but, no, make that BUT, celebrities have died from the abuse of prescription drugs in the past. So Jane, and others, have already decided to start the rumors and further tarnish this woman’s reputation.
Some of you commented the other day about how we are unable to trust the folks who deliver the “news”. This is another case where it doesn’t matter what the truth may be, at least this news outlet can claim they were first. One of the most egregious examples of this need to break the story ahead of the other networks happened when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot. With absolutely no official statement or reports to support it, news anchors stated that Ms. Giffords had died. Her husband was still on his way to Arizona to be at his wife’s side, and yet, there was no concern or consideration as to how this might effect his feelings or concerns.
So, we will be treated to days of this type of coverage and some very wrong things will be said. The one thing we can be sure of, at least on HLN, is that Dr. Drew will be more than happy to weigh in on Ms. Houston’s history of addiction and the reasons she died.