Just Sayin’: It’s Just Booze, Not Bombs, People

May 3rd, 2010 // 4 Comments

Amidst the same headlines that feature the latest breaking news regarding the deadly oil spill in the gulf, the Times Square bomb scare, and the lacrosse murder in Virginia, Fox News decided that featuring a story about a Florida man who took one last swig of alcohol before a sobriety test was right up there in mega-important news of the day.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone drunk driving – but really Fox? Bomb scares and murders are comparable to some old man trying to get his drunk on? Loosen the eff up.

Poor old, drunk Dana Seaman (that’s really the guy’s name) was swerving down the road when cops in Marion County stopped the 61 year old man. Girl-Name Sperm-man admitted he had been drinking, but before the cops could administer a sobriety test – Seaman took one final swig of whatever choice of liquid courage was left in that trusty solo cop. “According to a police report”, the cup smelled a lot like booze. Yeah, well, obviously.

That’s all good and fine. We don’t want any drunks on our retired streets. But really what’s hard to understand is at what point in the Fox news room did someone think this was especially newsworthy? Maybe on your local Florida news site – but no, not even. This story was wedged between murders and bomb scares on the “Crime & Courts” US section of Fox’s site.

Ah yes, nothing says crime like a drunk old man who just wants to finish what he started. Do you know what they call that where I’m from? Conserving. Being economical. He bought that whole fifth of Jack and by God he is gonna be damned if he doesn’t drink every last drop. God Bless America.

By Bailey Edwards

  1. Lisa

    Hey socialitelife, would it be better for you if he had killed someone on the road to be newsworthy? I’m a so sick of alcoholics and immoral @ssholes trying to make excuses for people’s irresponsibility that affect others! It is newsworthy how absurd and stupid this idiot is to drive while intoxicated and then take another “swig” before taking a sobriety test. I guess it was okay for him to act this way and potentially kill someone else. No one really understands how dangerous drunk driving is until their “loved one” is decapitated in the front seat from a drunk driver!

  2. Braden

    I think SOMEONE is missing the point of this article. It is a critique of the news (FOXnews in this case, but really all news).This author is by no means condoning drunk driving (and says as much). It seems clear to me (and the story is funny! why do you think it was a lead!?!), but then again I am just another immoral @$$hole who can READ…. Maybe stick to glenn beck next time and see if you can get his humor.

  3. tpetey

    Considering I have watched a combined total of about 2 hours worth of CNN today; I kind of wish they would have covered a story like this. They are in broken record mode spinning the same three stories over and over and over and over. I don’t think I would have minded so much if they would have at least added a bit of new or breaking information to the mix, but sadly no. Maybe I’ll switch to Fox tomorrow, sounds like a real national news network instead of those that only predictably parrot regurgitated and stale stories. Then again, maybe not…

    By the way, Lisa. I know exactly how you feel. Having lost a member of my family to a serial DUI-ist myself, we need more stories about how these mentally ill individuals impact others lives.

    Braden… Have some couth. You may be able to read, but you have no tact.

  4. Chris

    To answer your question Lisa – yes, if he had killed someone, this story would be considerably more newsworthy. No one is questioning the legality of a DUI; it is the media coverage of the incident that is being scrutinized. If every near-miss and traffic citation were given front-page treatment it would be self-defeating. For the same reason that no one gives me a medal every time I brush my teeth before I go to bed, this story is a waste of time and resources. News is supposed to function as a meritocracy, but in this case I think Fox proves there are exceptions to that rule.

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