October 12, 2006
Of screenwriters and journalists

Flipping through the TV channels I stumbled across Six Degrees. Hope Davis's character was faced with a dilemma:

A friend of mine is getting married next weekend and I haven't RSVPed. It's her fiance. He hit on me at the engagement party.
[No, really. See the preview clip]

And then we watched our tape of Sunday's Desperate Housewives. Gabrielle was back fooling around with that young gardener she had the affair with two seasons ago. But she jumped out of bed when he told her he was engaged.

The screenwriters seem to assume the viewers will accept the plot premise that it's shockingly inappropriate for one woman to sleep with another woman's fiance.

I wonder if all the journalists who aren't reporting the Cantwell/Dotzauer story aren't reporting it because they assume their readers don't care, or because they fear that they would.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 12, 2006 11:07 PM | Email This
1. Someone appears to have stumbled into a very deep and muddy gutter and also appears to be stuck there.

Posted by: thor on October 13, 2006 07:09 AM
2. Or maybe they just aren't pathetic little wannabees who actually have lives of their own and don't need to live their lives through rumor and gossip?

Posted by: Rob Kaufman on October 13, 2006 07:20 AM
3. Or maybe the story line is "Deluded Democratic Sycophants Shout Shrill Inane Defenses Of Sleezy Senator and Licentious Lobbyist" No wonder you trolls love Postman, if the story isn't to your liking, he simply ignores it. If it's a story that fits the "Party Line" he runs it for weeks. Go home to Postman.

Posted by: smokie on October 13, 2006 08:14 AM
4. Well the NY Times mentioned it. Ironic that newspapers across the COUNTRY find interest (although for diff reason), and our Local fishwrappers are tight lipped about it.

But of course if the LOCALS ran the NY Times slant on it, it would also make Mike look like he cared about civility.

Posted by: Chris on October 13, 2006 09:03 AM
5. OK, from a happy housewife who has NEVER watched Desperate Hosewives, but know that it's basically about a bunch of wives who cheat on their husbands, I've got a question. Cheating on husbands is not so outrageous, but a fiancé cheating on his intended is? OK????? Welcome to the world of "to each his own" moral relativism!

Posted by: Michelle on October 13, 2006 07:30 PM
6. Off thread but here are my thoughts Cytthia First bills Ron Dotzauer, Ron writes off the legal fees as a business expess as she review the 3400 plus docments to protect his file from disclosure. Income for the family and business expense. Hmmmmm

Posted by: DAVE on October 13, 2006 08:30 PM
7. Michelle--agree.
i dont watch any of that TV sitcom tripe. Why stick my head into the ammonia-blast of an outhouse? and we wonder why our families are dysfunctional or regard those as role models. the libs would say i'm not 'open-minded.' they can get stuffed.

some argue that those dallyances do not affect a senator or politician. i disagree--it's all tied in to the fabric--habits, personality etc. it's not as easily compartmentalized as people think.

again, my mantra--we're trusting these people with great power over us. just like you would trust someone as a sensitive security job. you look at their whole persona for weaknesses that can hurt your delegation of power or backfire. nobody's perfect, but why not limit your exposures--investors do.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on October 14, 2006 02:59 AM
8. Fitting. Cantwell's not a real leader, but she plays one on television.

Posted by: Jeff B. on October 14, 2006 06:29 AM
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