Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Only in Los Angeles

As I approach my 1-year anniversary of living in Binghamton (February 9th, but who's keeping track? ME!), I sometimes have flashes of the feeling that my "head," or my basic frame of reference, is gradually shifting away from Los Angeles, although I won't go so far as to say it is shifting to Binghamton.

Case in point: an NBC tv news article today, about the terrible fire in Malibu that raised several homes, which reads, in part:

"Actress Victoria Principal was among the residents who rushed out to hose down their houses. Her publicist says she offered food and water to her neighbors who couldn't get to their houses."

What? The "news" article is citing Victoria Principal's publicist, regurgitating the spin-doctor's story that her client, Ms. Principal, was basically a girl scout in the face of the fire? How can a news agency weave a publicist's comments into what is purporting to be a real news story?

Now, if this were a story about Victoria Principal's love child or something, go ahead and turn to her publicist for part of the foundation of your article, but come on, Los Angeles! Let's get more serious in our public discourse, because, with reporting like that, you are really earning the bad reputation you have for being frivolous.

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