Daily Archives: February 24, 2013

Here we go again…

The Onion recently reported that the new Miss America is “in danger of losing crown after officials uncover details from her sordid future.”

Of course, everyone knows that Onion stories are satire. Well, everyone but Robin Leach.
The gossip columnist and former “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host saw the Onion’s report and tweeted: “Huge scandal breaking re newly crowned Miss America Mallory Hagan @phvegas Jan. 12,” and “Title & tiara to be removed? Will Miss South Carolina…Ali Rogers take over as the drug pinup videos story busts wide open?”

Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke writes: “Leach quickly deleted his tweets after someone apparently informed him the story by The Onion, a notorious satirical publication, might not be real news. …Instead of checking with his followers after he ran it, it might have been a better idea to check Google before posting it.”

* Robin Leach’s lust for scandal backfires ( column item)
* Miss America might lose crown after details from her sordid future are uncovered (

Earlier from
* Area TV anchor discovers that Onion stories are fake
* Louisiana lawmaker fooled by The Onion’s Planned Parenthood satire

* We are all Huffington Post now. (LAT beats HuffPo with “What time are the Academy Awards?” hed) ( | (@romenesko)time
* Is the Washington Post “pro-gay”? asks the paper’s ombudsman. (
* Yes, we are pro-fairness and equality, says a Post columnist. (@geneweingarten)
* Why the Washington Post should keep its ombudsman. (
* Ken Layne chats with a veteran journalist who quit Patch and returned to print. (
* San Francisco Chronicle science writer David Perlman, who turned 94 in December, has no plans to slow down. (
* Jack Shafer: “CNN has long possessed the character of no character.” (
* Seattle Times is putting up a paywall in mid-March. Non-subscribers will have “limited access” to its website. (
* Lakers center Dwight Howard on what’s wrong with the media. (
* “This is not your father’s journalism school,” says UNC dean. (
* Controversy surrounds Paolo Pellegrin’s award-winning photography. (democratandchronicle)
* WaPo Josh White on his interviews with a serial killer, a serial rapist, and a serial child molester. (
* Manti Te’o answers questions from a massive media horde. (
* ABC News is in talks with New York Times reporters Jeff Zeleny and Susan Saulny. (
* Investors are heartened by the slowly improving conditions of news businesses. (
* Oops! Make that “cage-free organic chickens,” not chickadees. (

“So my mom got her invitation to her 65th high school class reunion and the party is at the ‘gathering room’ of a funeral home!” Romenesko reader Barbara Luhring writes on her Facebook wall. “Someone has a weird sense of humor! Are they connecting with classmates that have passed?”

She writes in an email: “My first reaction was astonishment. But the longer I thought about it, it seemed charming and practical – traits that are universal in the people of Manitowoc (Wisconsin).” Her mother, 82-year-old Alice (Cavanaugh) Baryenbruch, says: “I’m familiar with funeral homes at this age so it doesn’t seem weird at all. In fact my granddaughter would like to attend with me.”

Thanks to Barbara for scanning the reunion invite.


* Learn more about Lincoln High School and its notable alums (