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Gratuitious ratings scheme or just good information?

Over at Townhall.com they’ve sparked a debate over whether Dr. Nancy, from MSNBC, was looking for a ratings boost or reporting on important information.  It stems from an on-air depiction of a breast-self exam demonstrated on a local news station, WJLA in Washington DC.  Dr. Nancy led her segment off with a clip of the exam, setting off a controversy over how necessary the clip was to her specific story.  Ironically, the Dr. Nancy segment was focused on the question of whether the timing of the local news segment was in fact a critical news piece done in conjunction with the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or was it merely to capture higher ratings at the end of a ratings period?

One of the arguments made concerned the fact that the woman shown was in her twenties, not someone in a higher risk factor age group; but, is it just as important to encourage young women to do these self-exams?  Are we as a nation too prudish and need to be “desensitized” as Elizabeth Edwards has said, or was WJLA and/or MSNBC pushing the ratings envelope just a bit too far?

Here is the WJLA story

Here is the WJLA video.
What are your thoughts?

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20 Responses

  1. If we’d be a lot more open about Breast Feeding which is nature’s purpose for the breast, we’d see it a lot more in terms of what it’s supposed to be for, not what men would like it to be …

  2. I’m glad that they showed a young woman in the breast examination clip. I had a friend with stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 32 and died of it at 36. She was an outdoor wilderness guide in the peak of condition. She did not find the lump, her partner did. If she had done the exams regularly she would have found the cancer before it metastisized into the bone and would have had a better chance at survival. Everyone thinks that only older woman get the disease but that is so not true.

  3. What is more important, someone’s false modesty or someone’s life?
    That is the basic question and common sense should tell people the answer.



  4. I agree. Our society is way too breast obsessed.

  5. Lots of women, especially young women, have no idea how to perform a breast self-exam and are too shy to ask their doctors. The story served an important function and should be applauded.
    People need to grow up.

  6. On the one had both the local station and then MSNBC are clearly showing and talking about it for ratings. On the other hand it’s an important issue and everyone should be aware of the issues and what to look for. That even includes men is some rare cases. Hmm, maybe if they demonstrated with a heavy man instead of a young woman, the ratings issue would be moot. Ewwwww.

  7. Michelle Bachmann has asked for Americans to show up on the front steps of the Capitol Building at noon on Thursday, Nov. 5th to confront Congress about the Health Care Reform bills now being considered. For those who cannot go, fax a proxy to her office. Please copy and paste this on to every blog you can. We need millions of proxies to arrive at her office in time for her to be able to represent all of us.

    Michelle Bachmann
    Washington Office

    107 Cannon HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-2331
    Fax: (202) 225-6475

  8. Just so you know, you can buy those eyes at craft shops.
    We used to buy them and glue them on photos of the CEO’s in the company financial report.

  9. The United States has had a sick obsession with sex for some time now.

  10. The brave young woman who did the video is not wearing makeup and is very small breasted.
    There is nothing stripperish or peep show about this presentation. I say, Bravo!

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