New Olympic hopes for Pittman
World 400 metres hurdles champion, Jana Pittman, is back on track to go to Athens for the Olympic Games.
The athlete has undergone surgery at London's Wellington Hospital.
Oh goody. What a relief. Snore.
Good luck to Jana, and no disrespect to her in doing her best in Athens next week (if she ever gets there), but it is farcical and just a little pathetic that this is worthy of lead-story status. Like most of the sports stories that make it beyond the back page, it is an insignificant and largely irrelevant story, except for the individual involved, of course. It has no greater meaning, no wide implications, no depth, no value beyond its face value. It is not the sort of thing that should be confused with legitimate 'newsworthy' news.
Sport in the news is brain-candy, which should be used sparingly and only as a way to get people to take in politics, war and peace, the intellectual broccoli and brussel sprouts of news, so to speak. The traditional structure of news values sport in about the right quantity - toward the end, with a heavy focus on visuals, and some attempt to create a soap-opera style narrative to put disparate events in context. The confusion of this sporting soap opera with legitimate news is a bad trend, especially if it has infected your ABC.
(If you're in the mood - or bored - why not play a bit of ABC news-lotto and see what's made the top story at www.abc.net.au/news/)