I kid you not, I saw this on the San Francisco Chronicle's web page the other day.
Yeah, and wasn't his gardener's brother's son arrested?
I'll bet he knows someone who knows Kevin Bacon, too.
And while I'm harping on the news, I'd just like to register my complaint about headlines that are put in the form of a question. I mean, it's supposed to be the news, not Jeopardy*. I'll take Middle East Conflicts for $500, Alex.
You know what I'm talking about. Here are some examples I just pulled off the internet sites of major American news organizations:
"Will stimulus bill win over any Republicans?"
"GOP Bum-Rushed by 'Voice' of Party?"
"Is Gregg a Candidate for Commerce?"
"Is Blago really out?"
And, my personal favorite:
"Is there something mysteriously lucky beneath David Beckham's AC Milan shorts?"
I find the worst offenders to be the broadcast news shows. Often the headline-in-the-form-of-a-question is a teaser just before a commercial break to ensure you don't go far from the television set. As in, "Coming up next, will the world really end in fifteen minutes? We'll tell you, right after this..." The same tactic is used to get you to tune in to a later installment: "Be sure to watch next week's special report: Will your drinking water kill you?" Uh-oh. Better stick to wine until that comes on.
Question-headlines also tend to introduce lifestyle, sports, or lighter, somewhat humorous stories. Again from the internet:
"Will the green technology sector remain bullish?"
"Prince Harry: Bachelor again. But why?"
"Fewer calories, better memory?"
"Super Bowl, super boring?"
"Walters: Does God care who wins?"
"Zombies on the highway?"
I suppose the news people think that the question mark will be our clue that what's coming next is not part of the "serious" news of the hour. Like we really need a clue that every story on myriad twenty-four/seven news channels and continuously updated internet news sites is not a late-breaking hard-news item.
And don't get me started on Super Bowl ads.
Thanks for listening. Coming up tomorrow, will Walt find out what's beneath David Beckham's shorts? We'll let you know, right here on wcs: another american in france.
* Jeopardy is an American television game show in which the answers must be given in the form of a question.
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