Up for Debate: Whitney Houston dies, media reacts

Monday, February 13, 2012 at 12:10am

What was your reaction to the news of Whitney Houston's passing? What do you think about how the media — and social media — reacted?

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101 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 4:45

170 million albums. 6 Grammys. I don't know how many albums Michael Jackson, Elvis, or the Beatles had. I think I heard she had more #1 hits than The Beatles.
Picked the worst possible time to drop dead- day before the Grammy's.
I'm sure we'll all hear the autopsy report. Maybe had drugs in her system. 48, like Jackson and Elvis at 50 , is too young to die. Jeff Conaway at least made it to 62.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 4:49

Good morning, Nashville.

It's a shame and a shock when anyone dies suddenly, at an early age; same for the death of Whitney Houston.

I was never a big fan of the singer; I do not like that genre of music...I call it: "Orgasmic Gospel". In that genre, Whitney was the best, IMHO.

Whitney made mistakes, wrong choices etc. she was only human.

The media is treating this like they did the death of Michael Jackson. Will they discover foul play? Will there be a show trial? Who will get her fortune? Who will fill Whitney's big shoes?

May she rest in peace.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 4:53

My hound dog got me up this early, Darge....what's your excuse?

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 5:42

Old age. Cat scratch fever at the window. It's freekin' COLD here last 3 morning's.
17 degrees- 20 degrees. High was only 30 Sat. Should hit high 50's by Weds-Sat.
Last year it was 7 degrees in the am. That's your weather report.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 5:48

My guess is they'll find drugs in her system. No one dies at 48 of "natural causes".
I think she did her best singing the National Anthem. As opposed to that cow Rosanne Barr and the fools who flub the lyrics. Even if I was Francis Scott Key (he wrote it? Or, did he write "Hey Jude"?), I'd have the music score on a Teleprompter.
Saw Adelle on "60 Minutes" just before Grammy's. Had zero idea who she was.
Has that sexy English accent. She's raking in the awards and Grammy's.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 5:54

People die all of the time at any age, but I think you maybe correct d7.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 5:57

Adelle has a great voice and deserved all of her awards.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 6:12

We got hit with 10 inches of snow yesterday..got the snow-blower working...this morning, the fluffy snowfall has condensed to about 5 inches....it drifted in spots.
Finally looked like Winter here....white outs etc.

Fair, calm and cold this AM.

With Whitney...could there have been foul play? The mystery may be solved by the Coroner's Office....or not.

Did she have kids?

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 6:17

In case of boredom...I left a comment on this board:


Michael Hirsh tries to downplay the risks of a strike against Iran at this time...interesting propaganda piece...the Lone One just had to rebut the argument.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 6:25

She had a 18 year old daughter, from marriage to Bad Boy Bobby Brown.
Reports there were all 4 body guards sitting ouside her hotel room.
They didn't hear anything for an hour, so went inside and found her dead in the tub.
(as opposed to "yogi" who's wife found him on their honeymoon, dead in the water-unresponsive).

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 6:27

Thoughts go out to her family.

Darge, She isn't close to The Beatles or Elvis regarding record sales. They are estimated to have sold between 600 million and 1 billion worldwide (you can easily google the debate and read for yourself).

Had she not diverted her career with substance abuse, who knows. I wonder what Bobby Brown is thinking right now.

And, Elvis died at 42.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 6:31

Research Dept.
I looked up RAAI and Rolling Stone and Guiness Book for "Record Sales" Recording Artists:
The Beatles: 300 million in 1964, 545 million in 1972, 1 billion in 2011.
Elvis: 1 billion 2011.
M. Jackson: 750 million 2011.
E. John: 300 million 2011.
Led Zepplin: 300 million. 2011
Queen: 300 million 2011
Rolling Stones: 200 million 2011. (?!!)
Thought the Rollin Stones would beat Queen and Elton John.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 6:36

Is that a homophobic remark dargent? lol

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 6:38

L'ner: You beat me to it. She's right after The Rolling Stones @ 170 million.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 6:39

"yogi"'s not gay, not that there's anything wrong with that"....Seinfeld.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 6:49

NCP wants to know what we think about the media and social media reaction. I think they are covering in the way it should be covered, because she was such a phenomenon. The lost is felt by many.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 6:59

These dead stars get wealthier and wealthier after their deaths....if this trend continues, a dead star may one day be listed in the Book of Records as the wealthiest person on the planet.

Personhood for the unborn...wealth for the dead....that's America!

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 7:11

Its a shame to hear of anyone who dies at a young age when being very successful financially but too many young people feel too immune to being affected by "playing" with drugs.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 7:24

Those who "Assume" the star died from a drug overdose may have to Assume the Position.

Let's let the medical experts give it a go before we condemn anyone or anything.

Whitney made good use of her talents, I salute that...she worked hard for the money, she earned my respect.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 7:26

In some of Whitney's latest pictures, she looked so much better and more like before she got on drugs, so it was a shock when I read that she had died. She was a beautiful lady, with a voice unmatched, in her style. Maybe with Whitney's side of the family support, the daughter will be ok, I sincerely hope so.

All so sad to hear of Peter Breck's death. Always liked him as Nick Barkley on Big Valley. He was 82.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 7:27

OOPS, sure did mess up "ALSO", pardon please.

By: govskeptic on 2/13/12 at 7:32

She sang one of the absolute best versions ever of the "National Anthem"
at the 1991 Super Bowl Game! Check it out on You Tube.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 7:34

She nailed the National Anthem...no doubt about that...a TEN.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 7:36

From the pictures I have seen of the Grammy Awards, it isn't an award show anymore, it is a bunch of freaks, dressed in Halloween costumes. Not all, but most!

By: budlight on 2/13/12 at 7:51

D7, Rosanne Barr has announced she is running for President for the Green Party. I'm sure you'll want to change your affiliation immediately. LOL

Sad about Whitney. Drugs have no respect for persons. And I agree. Wait for the report to come out on why she died. Bobby Brown performed but ultimately had to leave the stage (at the same hotel where she died).

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 7:53

Bfra, did you watch the Grammy's? Did you see when Dave Grohl dissed all the dance/hip-hop/rap acts? That was awesome.

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 7:56

My "assumption" was simply following what I heard on one of the news factors, Loner. I was no fan of the young woman. I hate to hear of anyone dying at an early age but in the entertainment industry if it isn't by an accident its "usually" because of drugs.

By: Moonglow1 on 2/13/12 at 7:57

Moonglow1: I was sorry to hear about Whitney, but even more sorry to hear about the Right Wing Fringe Nuts (Haslam administration) plans to circumvent the current procurement regulatory process and give away public money to their Fringe Nut Friends. The Tennessean has reported that there is a bill pending legislative approval for "no bid contracts. " So if the state requires a service paid for with public funds, they can now bypass the competitive bid process which is a transparent process to determine best value for the state and ensure appropriate expenditure of public funds. Well no surprise: all forms of fairness out the door under the Haslam administration.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 7:59

gdiafante - No, I didn't watch. Seeing all the weird people, I had never heard of & costumes, I lost interest. They should do away with all the rap acts, if they wanted to have an award for talent.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 8:03

Moonglow1 - Bush/Cheney did that, all the time. Guess that's the repub. way.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 8:07

Rap? More like C-rap...IMHO. Misogynistic Machismo....with rhyme and meter...and special effects....mass-merchandised....the genre of the $100/pair Air Jordan-wearing set....the angry young men....rebels without a clue.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 8:10

Rap is something any Tom, Dick or Harry can do. It takes no talent, any kind of voice & just muffle the words, so nobody knows what you are saying.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 8:16

Moonglow, for you:

Haslam = No Hassle, No Bid Contracts.

Haslam takes the hassle out of contracting with the state.

Haslam takes the slam out of regulations.

No Hassle. No Slam. It's Haslam.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 8:22

Call Homeland Insecurity...we may have a Haslamic Jihad in progress in the Volunteer state.

Tea Party Theocracy in Tennessee...Authoritarian, God-Centered, Rear-Facing and Mad as Hell.

By: Moonglow1 on 2/13/12 at 8:30

Moonglow1: Loner-Perhaps some rapper will use your Haslam, No Hassle, No Slam as lyrics to a new song to characterize Life in the Volunteer State. Too funny!!

What about: It's a Scam. He's a Sham. Who? Haslam.

Hey any musician's out there.

By: bfra on 2/13/12 at 8:33

Moonglow1 - Gotta add some XXX rated words for a hit in the realm of rap fans.

By: Moonglow1 on 2/13/12 at 8:38

Moonglow1: Oh right. Too clean for rap. Hey just in from Washington Post. Benjamin N (PM Israel) accusing India of helping Iran. He's starting a war for sure. Homeland Security has a bigger crises to address than our TN theocracy for now.

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 8:41

Here's a snippet from his speech:

"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do.

"It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."

I second that emotion.

By: Loner on 2/13/12 at 8:50

I agree with that, Gd.

Our local YMCA is constantly expanding and adding new programs..their motto: Body, Mind & Spirit....but whenever I suggest adding a musical program, the athletic-oriented staff and the Director always say, "Thank you for your thoughts".

To me, playing an instrument requires all 3 of the items that the Y seems to value; don't you agree?

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 8:56

My favorite musical lately can be found at //mybeautifulamerica.com/beautifuldixie.htm. Try it, Loner, you might want to move on down to Dixie Nation.

By: Melstruck on 2/13/12 at 8:58

The media is not supposed to react. The media is supposed to report reactions. And that is the problem with the media right now. As far as social media, the reactions of people on social media outlets was as expected.

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 9:11

Mel, that standard applied pre-24/7 news channels. Now, entertainment is news and news is entertainment. And frankly, I think they lower the bar because of their audience. When your audience has the attention span of a gnat's penis, you have to find something to engage them.

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 9:13

I just read where it is thought she died from a mixture prescription drug and alcohol. I don't think you're supposed to drip alcohol when popping your prescription pills.

By: dargent7 on 2/13/12 at 9:36

"I second that emotion..." Nice rendition of Smokey Robinson, gD.
All the photo's surfacing the day/night before she died show her wasted, blood running down her leg, scratches on her arms.She was "on something".
And all the sista's are saying,"she never looked better"....?
This will be a cover-up, just like M. Jackson's.
Alcohol with serious prescription drugs, Xanax, will kill you.
That's why I stick with Boone's Farm.
ps., Let's not forget Jimi Hendrix's guitar playing the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock.
That equaled her singing it, IMO.

By: gdiafante on 2/13/12 at 9:45

It surpassed it, Darge. Remember, that was a political statement. Whitney at the SB was better than average, but it's remembered as great because of the context. The gulf war began about a week or so earlier.

She did have some pipes though.

Here's the irony of her death: CNN speaking with Lionel Ritchie about her legacy, which includes the drug addiction. Cut to commerical break...an advertisement for anti-depressants.

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 9:49

A more important event in today's USA is the issue of Fox News taking Judge Andrew Napolitano off their show. A speech I saw on [you tube] the other day is very awakening. Could that be why they took him off the air?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 10:02

You are so clever that sometimes you don't understand a single word of what you are saying."
Yiddish saying-

By: yogiman on 2/13/12 at 10:17

What are you saying?

By: brrrrk on 2/13/12 at 10:20

dargent7 said

"Thought the Rollin Stones would beat Queen and Elton John."

I'm not surprised to see Queen or Elton John in the top of the pack. Both of these artists (and particularly Queen) have a huge worldwide following; whereas bands like the Stones and Zepplin were much more popular here in the states than they were abroad, and that's especially true for Zep.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/13/12 at 10:22

Chuck Norris was to star in Mission:Impossible but they recasted because they would've had to change the name of the movie to Mission:Accomplished