Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

'New York Post' Outdoes Itself On Dominique Strauss-Kahn Story

Thank God Tom McGeveran has found the words to explain how absolutely disgusting today's New York Post story about the accuser in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case really is, because I am filled with ineffable rage over the whole thing:

The Post touts its cooperation with authorities in not releasing the name of the accuser, and goes to some lengths in its main article on the D.S.K. case today to detail efforts being made by the New York Police Department to "protect" her from offers from influential friends of D.S.K. to drop the case in exchange for favors. But it reveals that she was living in an apartment organized for her by the charity Harlem United, which places people with H.I.V. and AIDS in rent-assisted housing. The sum of the importance of this fact, which does not establish that the alleged victim is H.I.V.-positive, is the suggestion that the accused sex criminal "may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence" because, "[according] to the federal Centers for Disease Control: 'It is possible for either partner to become infected with HIV through performing or receiving oral sex.'" This, in the mind of the Post, qualifies as a "shock."

It is indeed a shock, but probably not in the way the paper intended. "Ugh" and "gah" all around.

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HiredGoons (#603)

I'm glad you touched on this, I saw it this morning when I was getting my coffee and almost spit it out in the middle of the cafe.

keisertroll (#1,117)

@HiredGoons That's exactly how Danny Thomas learned the news about DSK.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Murdoch! What a guy. Can you imagine working for him? Ha ha ha ha ha

keisertroll (#1,117)


jfruh (#713)

Is there any way a human with a heart would have read this headline as something other than "Hotel maid shocked to discover that dude who raped her has AIDS"? I mean, Jesus.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

Catching a glimpse of a Post front page is just like catching a glimpse of a rat: par for the course if you live in New York, but not something you should dwell on if you want to keep your breakfast down.

See, it's stuff like this that I miss about not living in the greater NYC metro area.

kpants (#719)

"IMF gal"?!! Really? Fucking fuckity fuck.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

@kpants "Finance filly" was kiboshed at the last second.

Br. Seamus (#217)

I'm amazed at my ability to hate the Post more than I did yesterday.

freetzy (#7,018)

Royko summed it up forever and ever and ever: "No self respecting fish would be wrapped in a Murdoch newspaper." THE END.

sharilyn (#4,599)

Huge, huge bummer all around. A new low. (#5,560)

btw: newspapers are losing revenue since 2005, it's nearly half of
what it was in 2005 by now. And the New York Post is known to be
a loss maker since years, likely to cost Murdoch's corporation
ever more.
If you don't like such reporting, just follow up the industry data.
A look at the development of newspaper revenue in general:

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