Celebrity Antics Bore Public

Are you tired of relentless celebrity "news" coverage? Had you had enough of their drug 'n' alcohol problems, fender benders, public meltdowns, legal woes, spells in the slammer, and unburied corpses? Turns out you have plenty of company.

A convincing 87 percent of the public feels celebrity antics get too much "news" coverage, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Two percent feel the rich and self-indulgent get too little coverage, eight percent feel they get the right amount, and three percent don't know.

Asked "who's to blame for the amount of coverage," 54 percent fix a fishy eye on "news" organizations. Another 32 percent blame the "public for paying attention," while another 12 percent say both, one percent neither, and one percent don't know.

Though sentiment on that second question was roughly uniform among women, men, Democrats, and Republicans, young people were more likely to blame the public rather than to blame the media.

The main sources of celebrity coverage were cable news (34 percent), network news (27 percent), and websites (15 percent), with newspapers, radio, other, none, and don't know all scoring in single digits.

Details: Pew Research Center.

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