Great moments in journalism

In a perfect world, a story like this would have the same effect on j-school enrollment as the WashPost’s Watergate coverage, only in reverse. Slate answers the question no one is asking: Have Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver had any work done? Then they banner it on the home page, and when you actually read it, the answer is: Probably not. Four of six plastic surgeons think he’s untouched, and the same for his wife.

Well, that’s a relief.

Wait! No less an expert than Mark Steyn — he’s a conservative columnist, in case you’re checking credentials — says Maria looks the way she does because of “excessive dieting, a cosmetic surgery too far, and over-tanning.” Well, that’s a big relief, isn’t it?

Which reminds me: Unless you want to blow the rest of the afternoon in idleness, stay away from Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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One response to “Great moments in journalism”

  1. alex said on October 20, 2003 at 4:02 pm

    In all fairness to Slate, they did call the piece “low concept.” And in their own creative way, they do ask what on earth Schwarzenegger’s administration is going to do about the state’s fiscal problems (besides keeping the media buzzing about him rather than the crisis).

    Even the butt and boob grabbing stories are GOP plants, I suspect. Didn’t Spy pretty much conclude Arnold was gay about ten years ago?

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