After publishing every Sunday since 1843, British tabloid The News of the World—aka News of the Screws—is no more. Owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, the paper has become infamous for digging up celebrity dirt and sex scandal scoops, and publishing photos like those of Princess Diana sunbathing topless on a private beach back in the day. People have traditionally eaten the paper up—it sells a whopping 2.8 million copes a weekend. But over the past week, the paper has exploded in scandal over phone hacking. Yesterday it was announced that Sunday’s edition will be the paper’s very last.
After the jump, the who, what, when, and whys of what’s going down. Keep reading »
Just weeks ago, 18-year-old Lauren Astley of Framingham, Massachusetts, graduated from Wayland High School. On Sunday night, she was reported missing after she didn’t return home from her job at a local mall, where she had told co-workers she was meeting her ex-boyfriend after work. On Monday morning, her body was found in a marsh by a passing cyclist and her ex Nathaniel Fujita, 18, is the main suspect. Keep reading »
OK, this is just weird. Elizabeth Smart, the young kidnapping victim, is ABC News’ newest pundit. Smart will appear on shows like “Good Morning America” and “Nightline” to discuss missing persons cases, The Daily Beast reports. While I admire Elizabeth Smart for her strength and poise, sensational stunt hiring in journalism disgusts me. And that’s exactly what this is. The woman was kidnapped by a couple of psychos and repeatedly raped for months. What are her qualifications to be a TV pundit? The cynical media reporter Howard Kurtz suggests ABC probably just wants to hoard her personal life for themselves for ratings: her graduation from Brigham Young University, a wedding, kids, etc. Hey, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…
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Whoa. Is … is … is that what I think it is? Is this Always maxi-pad daring to suggest that red blood is involved with a woman’s menstrual cycle? Such a thing has never before occurred in the history of tampon and pad ads, which usually imply that a soft, inoffensive blue liquid flows down there. I, for one, am very glad to see Always leading the charge towards getting bloody real. [Tres Sugar] Keep reading »