Bernie is the New Britney for News Shows

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By Chris Ariens Comment

With so many facets to the larger story of this dismal economy (jobs lost, stocks tanked, banks bailed out, states stimulated) there is more of the kind of news to go around that outrages the little guy — the kind of person who loves nothing more than to go home, plunk him/herself in front of a TV and watch how banking fatcats and billionaire crooks get theirs.

The NYTimesBrian Stelter writes that they they are the new Paris and Britney of the news cycle (although there’s room enough for Anna Nicole today).

Tracking the private jets, lavish junkets and other trappings of what the ABC correspondent Brian Ross calls “corporate royalty” are now full-time jobs for reporters at the network news divisions. Next week NBC News will show a three-part investigative series in prime time titled “Inside the Financial Fiasco” and reported by Chris Hansen, the “Dateline NBC” correspondent who hosted the network’s “To Catch a Predator” franchise for years.

For the reporters, the heightened interest in corporate spending means long hours staking out places like Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, an airport that is frequently used for private travel into New York. On the last Friday in February, the ABC producer Asa Eslocker was on assignment outside the airport, armed with a miniature camera and searching for a corporate jet belonging to a troubled insurance company.

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