May. 15th, 2007

Rust never sleeps; reporters do

If you’ve ever wondered why you often start your week reading less-than-compelling information about this study or that over your corn flakes, Jack Shafer at Slate has the answer. Reporters don’t “do” weekends – unless you count a couple of sculling sessions at the local watering hole.


It seems a few press agents will “pre-release” information that’s set to “officially” release the following Monday to selected reporters on Friday so they don’t have to go out and do any actual reporting on Saturday and Sunday.

This is why, though scandal after scandal has rocked the executive branch lately and 3,400 American service people have died in Iraq, the story that assaulted readers from all sides yesterday had to do with the prevelance of people shopping for clothing online.

Enjoy your new underwear!

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