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stranger: 27 january 2005

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In this, the latest installation of Local Newspaper Watch, we highlight two case studies in journalism excellence:

  1. We begin with the UW Daily which leads with this shocking headline, “Alternative sexuality in Greek life often kept in closet” [#].
    Go figure.
  2. In the much anticipated follow-up to Stranger Sellout Watch, this week’s issue is dedicated to the narcissism of Seattle’s own Ben Exworthy [thestranger]. By the close of the fundraiser, he’d spent $12,000 to buy all of the editorial content on the auction block. As a tribute to his eBay ambition, or perhaps as a way of giving the staff a little time off, the editors turned much of the paper over to him. I wonder if it feesl like that scene in Being John Malkovich when Malkovich goes through the little door on the 7 1/2 floor.
  3. There is no item three. We really don’t have that much time to read newspapers.

1 Comment so far

  1. Josh (unregistered) on January 27th, 2005 @ 12:45 pm

    The funny thing to me is that he actually lives in Tacoma, not Seattle. The stuff he wrote/commissioned for the issue is actually pretty funny though, and all the standard news columns are still in tact, so I think it’s all a good joke.

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