The Ratings Game

by Joanne Rosenthal


I think it’s messed up
how when she died,
the local news channels
looked for extra details
that would make it all
the more tragic. “She
was also,” – dramatic pause –
“an exceptionally talented
artist with a promising
future in that field.”
Just so we know that it
wasn’t some no-good
crackhead who died
because if it were, well,
who would bother tuning
into the news for that?

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