Good for you! I really thought you weren't going to manage to steal NBC's corner on the absurd news market - after all they have Nadya Suleman - but you may just pull it off!
Kentucky is already all abuzz with furor over your depiction of "The Children of the Mountains" and I'm sure Pepsi has their PR department looking for every angle they can to defend Mountain Dew. I hear their marketing department has started action to trademark "Mountain Dew Mouth" for their next ad campaign. Not really. I made that up but it won't be long!
Now for my normal readers who have no clue what I'm talking about here's the skinny. Ms. Sawyer spent 3 years touring the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky reporting on life in genuine coal miner Appalachia. Her preview story on GMA yesterday showed toothless children and a woman who walked 8 miles each way to attend GED courses. There was a ruckus over the popularity of Mountain Dew and parents putting soda in the bottles and sippy cups of their toddler children.
She finished her story off with the fact that Pepsi wouldn't comment on their product causing such issues as the rampant tooth decay and poor health. That's when my jaw hit the floor. But that's a rant for another day.
I just came from the GMA site where there are 204 comments on the story most from educated residents of Kentucky defending their state. Then there are the expected comments of "if they are so poor why aren't they spending their MD money on water (cheaper) and toothbrushes instead of soda and tattoos and illegal drugs? It's a matter of education."
So again, Dianne, my hat is off to you. I think you may have managed (perhaps through unintentional ignorance or poor editing choices) to create an even more ridiculous story than Ms. Suleman. I know Beloved will be tuned in tonight! I haven't decided if I will yet or not. Part of me wants to watch the rest of the train wreck but the other part of me knows that all you are going to do is raise my blood pressure and I think Nadya did enough of that earlier this week.