Superstorms, Mayans, Zombies and BDSM: The 10 Most Over-Hyped Stories of 2012
Journalists are really fond of writing about stories that went underreported every year. Too often, however, they forget to remind us all that those critical stories that went without needed coverage did so because stories with little merit wound up filling the airwaves and pages of newspapers.
Unfortunately, the old axiom, "If it bleeds, it leads," is part of the way news gets reported. The general public likes its news served up with a side of scandal, a dash of crazy and heaping piles of celebrity. With 24-hour news networks struggling to fill time, it creates a recipe for some really awkward moments and seriously overblown stories.
2012 was no different. As usual, the media spent way too much time on stuff that didn't really matter and the public ate it up (cough, bacon shortage, cough). From cliffs made of money to crowned fetuses to zombies -- yes, zombies -- the news media gave us plenty of over-hyped low lights this year. Here are our top 10.