The Jodi Arias verdict is in...Guilty of 1st degree, pre-meditated murder. Really, what does this really mean in our lives? The salacious nature of this case with 18 days of prurient testimony evidently captured the attention of news directors of virtually all news outlets. It was a 67 day marathon of a trial. OK, I understand that news coverage of these sensational cases is the ultimate in reality TV. And, therein lies the rub. Newscasts are as much aware of their need to be entertaining and compelling. The determination of what makes “news” has transposed from reporting on issues relevant to all our lives to pandering to the most base of denominators comprising our society. Maybe, we can move on to more substantive stories, but as long as Honey Boo Boo has her own show, it looks like were doomed to this sub-standard benchmark.