It's Time To Pull The Plug On PageantsWilliams goes on to name names. Four to be exact.
By Michael Paul Williams
Underage drinking. Pregnancy. Photos. More photos, particularly compromising photos with other woman. In a digital age of MySpace and YouTube, the high-profile pageant is a prescription for disaster that has all but spawned a "gotcha" counterindustry.
But beyond the tastelessness of it all is the simple truth that the contests have moved from quaint and sexist to dangerous anachronisms that promote unrealistic and unhealthy attitudes among both genders.
This is not about political correctness, but about the tiresome regularity in which a celebration of "beauty" becomes a pageant of ugliness. It's time to pull the plug. (link)
But how many instances can we quickly come up with of scoundrels besmirching the reputations of those in the journalism business? Would Williams be as quick to call for a ban of all newspapers? Somehow I don't think so.
Anyway, Michael Paul, look up these infamous names in your scandal sheets: Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, Walter Duranty, Mike Barnacle, Janet Cooke, Bob Greene, Eason Jordan, Barbara Stewart, Adnan Hajj, and - last but not least - Katie Couric's Notebook.
People in glass houses, pal, ...