Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday. Guess how many morning shows immediately broke away for the news?

One. CNN.

The Today Show and Good Morning America continued with their morning dribble, holiday entertaining and lesser celebrities, while breaking news erupted on their watch.

So much for the "news" portion of their programs. No one at the gym even bothered watching whatever random effort CBS is offering this month.

ESPN followed quickly on the story, but the talking heads of morning continued blathering on about air-filling nonsense. These programs are the rice cakes of television programming.

Far be it for me to offer advice to Sandusky, but perhaps he should get a better lawyer. Joseph Amendola allowed this circus to proceed, possibly so Sandusky could see which victims were willing to testify.

But Amendola also allowed his client to talk to Bob Costas in easily the most jaw-dropping interview of the year, and The New York Times, which did little to alter public opinion of his client, possibly the most reviled figure since Bernard Madoff.

---Karen Heller