Used to be that important news interrupted pop culture — like when Walter Cronkite broke into “As the World Turns” in 1963 to announce that JFK had been shot, or when “Another World” was halted in 1981 (much to my adolescent dismay) for a report about Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt. Even “The Celebrity Apprentice” got put on hold for news of Osama Bin Laden’s demise in 2011. On Thursday, though, MSNBC made it abundantly clear that the tables have truly turned.
That’s when Andrea Mitchell cut a former congresswoman off mid-sentence to make an earth-shattering announcement: The Biebs was on his way to the slammer. “Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment, we have some breaking news out of Miami,” Mitchell said, completely straight-faced, as Jane Harman, former Democratic Rep. of California, ardently discussed the NSA’s collecting of phone records, via satellite from Switzerland. “Stand by if you will.” Because the right to privacy, apparently, has got nothing on the right to know crap.