it has been that way since people have been able to communicate. warm fuzzy stories don't sell. people like to hear how even the richest of people have major problems. it brings them down to the level of even the lowest of us. i guess it helps us feel better about ourselves even though we aren't a micheal jackson or a john edwards. face it the majority of people who watch racing leave the race unsatisfied if there were no major collisions, even if their guy won.
if we all stopped watching the tragedies of the famous people, stopped buying the magazines that tell the stories and just watched or read important stories, then it all would stop. some magazines are front and center at the store registers with, "tommy leaves brittany for a trailer park whore" right in your face and people buy it. doesn't matter if it's true, people eat it up.
if the news would just stick to the issues, they are afraid everyone will change the channel.
would you ask what happened if the news said"micheal jackson has died and he may have been overdosed by his doctor". and nothing else was said? would you want to know more?