Thursday, August 7, 2008

Intrepid Journalism files: The Kappa Obession

So, as the 'Prince' reported, authorities have said that an obsession with the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority links accused anthrax-mailing mad scientist Bruce Ivins to Princeton, where some anthrax-laced letters were mailed from back in 2001.

Say you're a clever New York Post reporter writing a story about this Kappa obsession, tenuous though it might be. Do you make some phone calls? Stake out the sorority house? (Oh wait, never mind.) So, it's down to this: write on their Greek life facebook application's wall, and see if you get any bites.

I am a reporter with the New York Post. We were hoping you would be available for comment or a phone interview regarding Bruce Irvin, [sic] the man suspected of carrying out the anthrax mail attacks. We received information that he was obsessed with your sorority and mailed the letters from a mailbox on your street. [Editor's note: ??] Story is on Page 7 of Tuesday's Post.

Please call us as soon as possible,

Kelly McGee
Oh yeah, I'm sure they'll get right on that.

I'm not sure how journos think that students use facebook, but, for future reference, writing on people's walls should be limited to:
1) Happy birthday wishes
2) Inside jokes that ostentatiously demonstrate the depth of a friendship
3) Negotiations about what time dinner should be

On a side note, award for the summer's worst pun is hereby unilaterally awarded to the Post for calling its story about the Ivins' suicide "Spore Loser".


Anonymous said...

What is even worse, is that the New York Post is one of those anthrax-challenged newspapers that did get sent anthrax tainted mail droppings.

If Missy Post ever knocked on my door, I would shoot first and ask questions later.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the Prince has improved since my day ('04), but I find a post criticizing another publication's journalistic practices hilarious. Is the pot calling the kettle black?

Mendy Fisch said...

this is probably on par with sending people emails asking if they have ever "ahd any experience with public urination"

Anonymous said...

"Spore Loser" has nothing on "Headless Body in a Topless Bar".

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