Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Robin Roberts

Googlers are filled with concern this morning for Robin Roberts, the Good Morning America host who revealed yesterday that her breast cancer treatment—she beat the disease five years back—has left her with a rare blood disease called myelodysplastic syndrome, which can cause anemia, a drop in red and white blood cell and bleeding.. “Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues,” Roberts said to her audience, “and that’s what I’m facing right now.” 


An Australian coroner has ruled that it was indeed a dingo that ate baby Azaria Chamberlain 32 years ago in the Australian desert and Google searchers are lapping it up. Even though Chamberlain’s parents have spent years claiming this (her mother was at one point sentenced to life in prison for killing the child, but only ended up serving four years), it’s the first time they’ve had the law on their side. If any of this sounds at all familiar its likely because you’ve seen the 1988 movie A Cry In The Dark, starring Meryl Streep, or you’ve just heard people yelling “A dingo ate my baby!” over and over your entire life. This is what they’ve been talking about. 

Joy Behar

Yahoo! users are apparently very curious about the career moves of Joy Behar, the redheaded co-host of The View. It’s been announced that Behar will in September premiere a talk show for Current TV. Behar’s show will feature political and cultural commentary and discussion, not too far off from her last project, The Joy Behar Show, which was on HLN network until last year when it was canceled. "Joy Behar is a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about," said Current TV chairman Al Gore—yes, that Al Gore. "Millions of Americans tune in daily to hear her take on the issues along with her inimitable style. We are honored that Current TV will be Joy’s new primetime home." 

Frank Cady

The celebrity news at Bing this morning is a bit more macabre. The top trending story is about former Green Acres star Frank Cady—he played Sam Drucker, the general store owner—who died two days ago due to an undisclosed cause of death. Cady was 96. And Bing users are apparently very attached to character actors from the golden age of television.


At the bottom of the list of Twitter’s trending topics for the U.S. is Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former presidents who recently spoke out against the state of the Republican party. Way more popular than that momentous occasion, however, is Twitter’s own wisdom on what it is women want.

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Keith Olbermann on Current TV: Polarizing Presence or White Knight?

Do you watch Current TV? If an informal poll of my coworkers is any indication, you do not, but that’s a shame, because it’s definitely one of my favorites from among the 400-odd channels I get from Time Warner Cable. There’s so much great stuff, from Vanguard to This American Life to the still-vital Infomania – which soldiers on despite the devastating loss of Conor Knighton and Sarah Haskins, who probably feel like they’ve outgrown the fledgling network. But soft! Is a white knight on the way to expand Current’s viewership beyond, well, me? Today’s news that Keith Olbermann is joining Current as chief news officer is huge, but as a longtime (four years-ish) fan of the network, I’ve got a message for Brett, Sergio, Adam, Mariana, and the rest of the current Current crew: don’t let him change you too much.

I like Olbermann and think Current is fortunate to have him, but the last thing “Al Gore’s network” needs is another straw man for the right to latch on to and give them the old NPR/NEA/PBS treatment. Sure, Current skews progressive in their coverage of social issues (see That’s Gay), but until now they have sagely avoided overt political commentary, preferring instead to point their cameras on the effects of whatever policies are in place. And as a smaller network with limited corporate ownership and low-rent advertisers (closet organizers, etc.), they serve no monolithic masters. Do you think CNN, FOX News, or any of the Big Three networks would have aired a story like the devastatingly frank OxyContin Express? Not a chance, they’d be too scared to lose their Big Pharma advertisers, and if circumstances forced them to cover the topic of “Pain Management Centers,” the resulting story would be lawyered and caveated into milquetoast. No thanks, I’ll take my news straight up.

So this presents a risk to Current as it welcomes a major left-wing superstar to its ranks. Will Olbermann continue to do what he does best – exposing right-wing hypocrisy and polarizing opinions along the way – or will he find a way to use his talent and influence to boost Current’s profile without transforming it into MSNBC Junior? It would be great to see Current compete with major news networks, especially since I think its coverage is often superior. But Current, at its heart, is about good times (detained journalists in North Korea notwithstanding), and I’d hate to see it have to constantly beat back accusations of liberal bias simply for the sake of a larger audience.

Still, they had to do something to boost their numbers, and hiring Olbermann is certainly a bold move. I just hope the channel remains fun to watch. If you haven’t been paying attention, now might be a good time to start.