A plea to partisan media: Leave Honey Boo Boo alone!

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A weird thing happened to Honey Boo Boo last week.

Okay, let me rephrase that. A different weird thing than the usual weird things that happen to Honey Boo Boo happened to Honey Boo Boo last week.

Through no fault of her own, Georgia’s favorite new reality show star became a cudgel for partisan media to attack both Democrats and Republicans during their national conventions.

On August 31, Democratic-leaning Huffington Post posted the headline “‘Honey Boo Boo’ Ratings Top Republican National Convention.” And last night Republican-leaning Drudge Report taunted Bill Clinton and Democrats with the headline “HONEY BOO BOO’ Ties Bubba DNC Speech in Ratings…

So is America really paying more attention to a Toddlers & Tiara’s alum from McIntyre, Georgia than its paying to the people vying to run the country?

No. The “Honey Boo Boo is more popular than Democrats/Republicans” meme is only true if you isolate particular demographic groups or particular TV networks showing the convention. The meme is false if you count all the hours and all the channels on which the conventions appeared. More people watched the primetime speeches than watched “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

So, partisan media, leave Honey Boo Boo alone. Do not drag her into your petty bickering. She’s got enough problems without you. 

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