Re: While I'm all for astronomical science...
It is important, it is not often you get to see a bright comet in the sky.
It has had my 6 and 4 year old (and even my 2 year old though see does not really have a clue) sons excited about seeing it in the sky. Getting the telescope out and even more interested in science and the universe.
If you don't like the mainstream media reporting, turn it off don't watch it you have that choice.
I have vague recollections oh Halleys comet when I was little and I have been interested in science and space ever since. They may not answer everything but they help with an awful lot of questions and they encourage more participation especially in the young.
I was looking forward to sitting out in the cold with my kids looking at the stars, moon, planets and a comet. We only do it a few times a year when we get the telescope out but they enjoy it every time (without the comet).
I hope what has survived as ISON still gives us a reasonable chance to watch it.