Monday, May 12, 2008

Best Lead of the Month

'Who is Barbara Walters? She is a journalist who cannot write ("just before the ax fell, lightning struck and my life changed, never to be the same again"). She is the veteran of a major TV network's news division who once wedged a piece on her own apartment into a prime-time broadcast. She is a celebrity who is most famous for her orbital relationship with other celebrities. Immensely rich and familiar to all, she has been around forever without anyone quite knowing why. And now she is a memoirist.'
--from a Wall Street Journal review of Walters' new book. The review was written by New York Post staff writer Kyle Smith. Besides enjoying the appropriately wicked, slashing language he uses to dispatch with Walters' book, we marvel in the rich irony of a writer for the trashy NY Post criticizing someone else for lack of seriousness and faulty ethics. To review past best leads of the month, go here.


At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha. thanks.

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

I've never understood her success.

Larry King is another one.


At 9:23 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Interesting that you should link the two, because I think of them as broadcast twins. Totally empty calories in both cases, journalistic junk food, if you can even call it journalism. But I think King actually makes her look half serious. He's just simply unbelievable. Like Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland: "there's no there there."


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