BREAKING: Letter to Times asks excellent question!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018

Why do they call Clifford that?
Yesterday morning, the New York Times published three letters about Stephanie Clifford and her overwhelming desire to tell the people the truth.

One of the letters dumbly framed her as an admirable truth-teller. More on that tomorrow.

One of the letters asked a good question. You can read it here:
LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (3/13/18): Must the label “pornographic film actress” or “porn star” accompany Stormy Daniels’s name in every article that mentions her? This is not a particularly relevant or important detail about Stephanie Clifford (Ms. Daniels’s real name) that should be put in the lead of a story. If Ms. Clifford were an accountant, would the lead of your story read “the legal maneuvers involving an accountant who says she had an affair with President Trump”?

Of course not. The story should be about a president who commits adultery and lies about it. The awkward descriptors are there to sensationalize and cast an implicit judgment about adult film actors. Can you see your way to talking about Ms. Clifford as a person instead of a porn star?

J— G—, BERKELEY, CALIF.
The writer started with a good question. Why does every article about Stephanie Clifford identify her as a "porn star?" It isn't a relevant fact, the writer declares.

For what it's worth, the answer to the writer's question is fairly obvious. Why do they refer to her as a porn star? Easy:

They do so because they couldn't care less about all that boring old sex! And their readers are bored by it too!

We think that writer asked a good question. Sadly, he ended with a bit of bad judgment:

"The story should be about a president who commits adultery and lies about it?" Actually, no—the story should be about the war Trump is going to start!

More on this tomorrow. But for today, let's just say no. "The story" very much shouldn't be about the consensual sex.

Anthropologically speaking, we prehumans can't handle that topic. We've proved this again and again.

17 comments:

  1. Yawn. This is all well and good, Bob, but utterly trivial.

    May I suggest you take a cue from Norman Solomon (for example), and start writing about something serious?

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    1. This is Somerby's fifth post on this topic in the last week. Plus we get Gennifer Flowers.

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  2. "The story should be about a president who commits adultery and lies about it?" Actually, no—the story should be about the war Trump is going to start!"

    "Trump's war" is pure speculation at this point, whereas the Stormy Daniels story is factual. I thought reporters weren't supposed to engage in speculation?

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    1. Actually the Stormy Daniels story is not factual either. It's a he-said/she-said.

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    2. Fact: hush money paid to Daniels.
      Fact: non-disclosure agreement signed by Daniels and Cohen, Trump's lawyer.
      Fact: Trump and Daniels knew each other.
      Now why would Trump shut her up and have her sign an NDA if nothing happened? Hmmmm?

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    3. " ... is not factual either. It's a he-said/she-said."

      Obviously, stupid troll David has never ventured into a courtroom and observed a trial.

      SAD!

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  3. "Actually, no—the story should be about the war Trump is going to start!"

    Have you lost your marbles?

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    1. Seriously. What, in the name of all the made-up Hillary Clinton corruption (which the gullible bought hook, line, and sinker), is Somerby talking about?

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  4. Bob Somerby--telling people (like that letter writer) what they should and shouldn't care about.

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    1. I look at it as Somerby critiquing the media - just like he's been doing for 20 years.

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    2. He is critiquing a letter writer, who expresses his views about the matter. The letter writer is NOT the media.

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    3. Check's in the mail, Jonny.

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    4. I’m guessing Jonny needs no payment to tell the truth. He values this blog, so he reads it.

      But what in heaven’s name motivates the legion of you who read this blog only to prattle on endlessly and idiotically about it? Why put yourself and us through it? Why waste your beautiful minds here, when surely something somewhere would strike you as far worthier subject for your endlessly solipsistic observations?

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  5. Would Trump have treated Clifford differently if she had been an accountant? If yes, then her profession is germane and should be included in the story.

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