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CNN Must Be Crazy

Three cheers for Britney Spears.

By 8.13.07

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Okay. This country has now gone completely insane. It is Saturday night August 11, 2007. I am in the most wonderful place on this earth, Sandpoint, Idaho, looking out at the moonlit (slightly) Lake Pend Oreille, listening to the BNSF freight trains rolling by, and what do I see and hear as the lead item on CNN Headline News at midnight?

Nancy Grace urgently telling us that Britney Spears is endangering her children's lives by (and I am not making this up):

1.) Giving them soda and fruit juices in baby bottles, thereby endangering their teeth.

2) Giving them high fat snacks like Doritos instead of fruits and vegetables.

3.) Taking the kids with her on her lap in the car.

4) Not always having their child seats attached properly.

That's right. Because Britney is a normal human being, not a Stalinist mind controlled, food police approved, Whole Foods Bolshevized perfect new Soviet woman mommy, but is a normal mother like other mothers, the media is howling for her head. This is insanity, pure and simple.

But think about it for a moment: In this world, Arab terrorists are killing hundreds of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan every day.

We are in a worldwide war to protect decent people from Moslem terrorists who want to enslave or kill everyone in their path and brave fellow men and women get killed in this war every day to save the innocent;

In Darfur, hundreds of thousands of innocent men and women and children have been killed by terrorists, and innocent women are raped every day and whole populations have been exiled.

In Congo, a long running war has killed millions (yes, millions) and led to the rape and mutilation of hundreds of thousands of women.

The peace and prosperity of the world are threatened by actual madmen like Chavez of Venezuela and Ahmadinejad of Iran.

In the U.S., gang violence makes whole cities "no go" zones.

And Britney Spears giving her kids sodas in a baby bottle leads the news? We have gone insane.

Every day's news should lead with the brave men and women of our armed forces and what they do for us every hour of every day, and what their wives and kids do for us, and then go on to the teachers who hold the country together, and the police and firefighters and doctors and nurses who keep us alive, and then at 3 in the morning, if they want to talk about movie stars and what they feed their kids for one minute, go ahead. But to lead the news at midnight on a major news network? This is CRAZY. Societies thus far out of whack do not survive. It is that simple.

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Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator.