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August 15, 2008

Jack Lessenberry on Edwards' coverage: Should print media be uptight nerds or sloppy whores?

Maybe uptight whores? Detroit Metro TimesJack Lessenberry | Politics and Prejudices | Sum of our parts
Sheesh. Once again, it just goes to show you that the First Iron Law of Modern Life and Journalism is this: Real life is far more bizarre than anything you could make up. For example, if you were writing this as a novel, would you even think of trying to include: Rielle Hunter, a 42-year-old who recently gave birth to a girl who Edwards says is not his, has long been said to be the inspiration for Alison Poole, the "cocaine-addled, sexually voracious" 20-year-old lead character in My Life Story, Jay McInerney's novel of 1980s excess and degradation? ... Once you've assimilated all that, you just knew her real name had to be Lisa Druck, which, of course, it is.... ...what our hypocritical, proto-Puritanical society has yet to acknowledge is that lots of people have complex sexual lives, and that few are entirely truthful about them.... Everyone in the media, and millions of other people, knew about John Edwards, whatever-her-name-now-is and the alleged love child more than two weeks ago. They knew, because the National Enquirer reported it, and it was all over the Internet. Nevertheless, the "mainstream media" ignored it. They didn't know what to do. ... Richard Berke, an assistant managing editor for the world's most important newspaper, The New York Times, was quoted by that paper's ombudsman: "We run the risk of looking like we are totally out of it. Or we're just like the rest of them — we have no standards." .... It is clearly time to stop reporting about candidates' sex lives.

August 13, 2008

The lip synch scandal of the Olympic games

China Olympics Turned Child Beauty Pageant - Feministing

Speaking on Beijing Radio station, musical director Chen Qigang said the organizers needed a girl with both a good image and a good voice. They faced a dilemma because although Lin was prettier, seven-year-old Yang had the better voice, Mr Chen said.

"After several tests, we decided to put Lin Miaoke on the live picture, while using Yang Peiyi's voice," he told the radio station.

"The reason for this is that we must put our country's interest first," he added. "The girl appearing on the picture must be flawless in terms of her facial expression and the great feeling she can give to people."

Rape: The victim's fault

guardian.co.uk | Rape victims told alcohol consumption may cost them compensation
Rape victims seeking compensation are having their payouts reduced if they had been drinking before they were attacked. Campaigners called on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to end the application to rape victims of a clause that says awards in all types of cases can be cut if consumption of alcohol "contributed to the circumstances that gave rise to the injury". In the past year 14 rape victims - 1% of rape-related applications - were told they would get less money because of alcohol consumption, the CICA confirmed. One woman, who believes she was raped after having her drink spiked, told the Guardian it "felt like a slap in the face" when she read that the standard award of £11,000 would be reduced by 25% in her case, to £8,250.
On the other hand, at least there is some kind of help for victims in the UK.

Flying dog poo art causes museum chaos in Switzerland

Raw Story | Flying dog poo art causes museum chaos in Switzerland
GENEVA (AFP) - A giant inflatable dog turd by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before it landed again, the museum said Monday. The art work, titled "Complex S(expletive)", is the size of a house.