Monthly Archives: February 2007

Worst Lede of the Week

From an E! news story on a madam who claims to have serviced many in Hollywood:

“According to a former Hollywood madam, Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis have more in common than mediocre acting skills and starring roles in Armageddon.

Hey, Willis wasn’t so bad on “Moonlighting,” or in “Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable.” I’m curious who else was on the client list. Now that Al Gore is a huge movie star…

He Learned It All From His Journalism Teacher, Mel Gibson

An ethnic paper in California called AsianWeek is in trouble for running a column in a recent issue titled “Why I Hate Blacks.” The author of the piece, Kenneth Eng, is a self-described “Asian supremecist” who writes under the title “God of the Universe,” and had previously written pieces titled “Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us” and “Why I Hate Asians.”
Gee, who would’ve thought people in San Francisco would complain about that?

Ah, That Explains It

News Item: Fox News’ John Gibson says journalists not covering Anna Nicole are guilty of “news guy snobbery.”
Yes, of course! People who cover wars and elections and other things that have an effect on the world and history and life and death- they’re just sanctimonious shits! Screw ’em! Gibson actually chides Anderson Cooper for covering the war instead of Anna Nicole, as though such a decision is worth mockery. At least when Anderson covers a war, it’s one that actually exists.
I remember a similar argument during the Laci Peterson nonsense, when one of the Fox bimbos (I forget which) suggested that anyone who complained about excessive coverage of such tabloid stuff was “elitist.”
Hasn’t the last six years taught us that anti-intellectualism for anti-intellectualism’s sake is a path to morally bankrupt disaster?

Cold Comfort

Here’s a funny line from Peter King’s column today, about receiver prospect Calvin Johnson:

“Would you have any problem playing in a colder climate, like a Minnesota?”
–Reporter’s question to Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson during Johnson’s press conference at the Combine Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings have played in a dome since 1982.

To be fair, that isn’t as dumb a question as King thinks it is. Even though Minnesota players play in a dome, they still have to live in Minnesota, which is quite a lot colder than, say, Atlanta, where Johnson played his college ball. This was an issue for another Georgia Tech alum who ended up in the Twin Cities, Stephon Marbury, who played at the very indoor Target Center but still complained often of the cold, eventually forcing a trade to that noted tropical hotbed, New Jersey.
There also remains a chance, however unlikely, that the Vikes will actually someday build an outdoor stadium. But at the rate they’re going, if they draft Johnson (which I hope they do, by the way), the new place will be ready around the time he retires.