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Guilty Pleasure News? Which Stories Do You Secretly Follow?

You know what I'm talking about: the stories you will always, always click on and check out, even though there's a tiny part of you saying "Do you really need to read another Natalee Holloway story? Go learn about the Colombian Trade Agreement!")

Maybe it's "junk food news?" ("Pleasure" is definitely the wrong word, as the stories do usually have a serious component to them. . . ) I'll show you my serving of today's secret news, and you'll see what I mean. I promise, Jim Lehrer will not be talking about these stories tonight. (But! I read all about Kenya this morning! I'm allowed . . . right?)

Here's what I'm secretly following today:

  • The Polygamy Story: Texas authorities just released court documents detailing accusations of a “widespread pattern” of physical and sexual abuse of children by a polygamous sect. Officials are still looking for the 16-year-old who repeatedly called a local family violence shelter asking for help to leave the ranch. She said that she had been taken to the ranch three years before by her parents and that when she was 15 she was forced into a marriage with a man who was then about 49, becoming his seventh wife. While making the whispered call, the girl said that the man had left the ranch for a while to go to “the outsider’s world.”

Awful story, certainly serious, but you're following it, right? Oh, it gets better/worse, just


  • Debra LaFave: You know who she is. The pretty, young teacher who was put on probation for having sex with one of her students? A judge today cut her sentence in half for model behavior. LaFave has been on home confinement instead of serving prison time, and she has been busy — she's been to 99 counseling sessions, paid all of her fines, and completed all of her community service. Her lawyer was pleased by the ruling. Debra gets her ankle bracelet off July 11.

See? I wish I wasn't compelled to know when Debra LaFave gets her ankle bracelet off. But now I do! Am I crazy? Is there room for these stories as part of a balanced news diet? Do you have stories like this you wish you weren't so darned compelled to read? 'Fess up! Please? Or I'll be stuck reading the National Enquirer all alone.


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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I follow any story where I get to talk to a bunch of women!! ;)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Assassination Conspiracy Theory. Especially Marilyn Monroe! The details of the last couple of months of her life are crazy! I'm totally a Marilyn Monroe conspiracy theory nut. Krissugar...that sounds amazing! I'm going to have to check out the "wonderful world" news. That sounds like it will be a new happy obsession of mine. Thank you. :)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I've gotten sucked in to the polygamy story, because it's so utterly horrifying. I swear I've read 50 or 60 articles about it. Even though it scares the sh*t outta me.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I wasn't distracted, I just saw the picture, didn't read the words around it and figured the thread was about Gummi Bears. Are we supposed to be discussing something else?
just_kelly just_kelly 9 years
I love how most everyone who posted was completely distracted by the gummy bears LOL :-)
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Today, I've been sort of intrigued with the news story about the 6 teenage girls that beat up this other teenage girl because of some comments she made on myspace... and videotaped it. It makes my stomach turn and it's clearly one of those sensational stories that only made the news because there was a shocking video, but it happened in a quiet Florida county that I often visit.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I'm obsessed with real sightings of Bigfoot. I love it when they play like, several shows in a row each night of a week about Bigfoot. People stand around in the dark, or in that green night vision, and some leaves crunch, and they're like "BLEEEEP. bleep did you hear that? DID you hear that? Look, look! over there! see that dark shape between those two trees?" and they replay the cussing and leaf crunching back for the viewers at home. and one of them gets on camera, and their pupils are huge. "i don't know, i just had this feeling you know, i just knew we were being watched." they say.
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
I don't so much get hung up on particular news stories, except for some of the really big ones - like the OKC bombing, Columbine, 9/11 (the immediate aftermath) and such - but I'll get hung up on various topics. A few months ago, I was reading everything I could get my hands on about the controversy surrounding recovering false memories, the "Michelle Remembers" hoax that started the "satanic panic" of people suddenly remembering they'd been victims of satanic cults, and the controversy around dissociative identity disorder. A few weeks ago, it was conspiracy theories of all kinds, but especially 9/11 conspiracies (I tend not to buy into them, but I like to know what arguments are being made.) Most recently its been spies, Nazis and the creation of the nuclear bomb. And, of course, along with books and the internet, there are channels like Biography, Discovery, Investigation Discovery, the Military Channel, the History Channel and A&E, primarily, that offer programming that often has a number of shows covering similar topics, so I'm always on the lookout for any good shows whichever topic I'm currently obsessed with.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
bettyesque, you should go to, go to the world news section, and then click on "wonderful world." It's nothing but stories about how people found their lost wallets 60 years later, kittens made it home across several states, etc. it's all GOOD NEWS! and on the Christian radio station that I listen to to prevent road rage, there was a story about how a lady ordered a cappuccino and got a bill for $720,000, but the waitress realized it was a mistake and corrected it. YAAY!
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I would buy you a bracelet if there were one. ;)
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
3M, I always respect your comments. But just now I added you as a friend entirely on the basis of gummi bears.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
aw, Jillnes.. thanks! I followed my friend's story passionately, because I had a personal interest. People gave their opinions in the news and they are absolutely clueless, and wrong. it was crazy to see people arguing about it on a blog and just staying the most stupid things! Sometimes they even blame the victim! Just like celebrity media coverage. Then, they all just forget, and move on to the next "thing." I can see how families who have lost loved ones in the war can feel so forgotten by the Govt. There are just SO MANY losses. I lost a friend in Iraq in 03, and in a "poof" his story was forgotten. on a lighter note... :) 3M, i KNOW those are Haribo bears. Other gummi bears suck. When i go to a gas station and they have generic bears, I just think their buyer is a LOSER who doesn't know bears.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
We are supposed to find joy in reading the news? ;)
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Well two of my classes require weekly updates in the news, both economy and politics. By the time Im done reading half of them, I find no joy in other releases or stories. Its sad.. school is making me very cynical. :(
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I remember that M3! But I dunno, theres something about mixing the texture of ice cream with gummiy bears... When I see gummy bears I think of the last scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off...
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I was a kid, I used to love when you could get them on top of a vanilla waffle cone. mmmmmmmmmmmmm
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Haribo gummy bears are the best!! They are the only true gummy bear. We stayed at this Marriott in Vienna that gave out free packs of Haribo gummy bears... I literally filled my purse with them before we left.... ... I wonder why Europeans don't like Americans.... :)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
KrisSugar, my heart goes out to you!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Okay, you got me. The internecine conflicts at the HUD department are irresistible. Especially that nasty memo Deputy Secretary Robert Couch sent to all non executive staff. (We know who he was talking about I'm sure ... cough cough ... Regional Director Taylor Caswell). I just can't get enough.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I don't like Gummi Bears much except for Haribo Gummi Bears and I am about 99% sure that those right there are some tasty Haribo Gummi Bears. Is it weird that I can just see them and know that they are Haribo Gummi Bears and that they should be in my belly?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Spitzer's call girl! Thats a good one! I was addicted to reading about her when that story broke...
mizzneilsen mizzneilsen 9 years
I too, always check the on the Britney saga. I'm addicted to her drama and I have no idea why! But, for some reason, everytime I see a headline with her name in it . . . I have to click. I'm so ashamed!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
haha, i WORK in news, so all the salacious stories i can't get enough of....eliot spitzer and his call girls, kwame and his mistress and their text messages....the pregnant man?? it's all so gloriously gossipy wonderful.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
and I would definitely read a story about gummi bears. I eat them almost every day!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I can no longer take a casual interest in a story like Natalie Holloway, now that a similar thing has happened in my life. Someone near to me, a disappearance, tv news coverage, etc. Now I read them out of empathy I guess. What I want to hear from their story is a happy ending! Every time I hear that an Amber Alert has saved a life, or a missing person has been found, I celebrate! I call people to tell them! Hey, they found that little girl! Often times my friends think I'm a little nuts for doing that, but I can't help but be excited for the families who had a happy ending. That's why I'm addicted to them!
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