Saturday, August 18, 2007

Canadian Newspapers Lie, Too

I was reading an article in the Montreal Gazette about Jenna Bush's engagement, and it confused me.

It starts off with this: "Jenna Bush's hard-drinking, hard-partying days as one of the most eligible bachelorettes in the United States appear to be over."


I know there had a been a story about her getting caught trying to use a fake ID to get into a dance party at Toad's Place when she was in New Haven, and another where she was caught with a beer while still underage, but "hard-drinking" and "hard-partying" ... ?

What a joke. Even if you hate George Bush with all your soul, you still have to admit that this is just shoddy journalism. I used to be a serious drinker, and believe me, Jenna Bush -- at least as far as the public has been informed so far -- is nowhere near "hard-drinking" status.

The article also says, "Jenna and her twin sister, Barbara, have for years provided gossip columnists with fodder thanks to a string of highly publicized run-ins with the law and a fondness for late-night partying in the nightclubs of Manhattan and Georgetown."

I don't think I would call Jenna Bush's past "a string of run-ins with the law," or try to make her out to be Paris Hilton, Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan. The article notes JB was "once cited for underage drinking." Once? So that's what Canadian news considers "hard-drinking" now?

It's obviously slanted "news" ... or just an attempt at sensationalist writing. Even the title of the piece, "Party girl Jenna Bush settles for the bridal path," is misleading. The incidents of her trying to drink while underage are already years-old (and weren't even that juicy when they were fresh!), and in the recent past the only news we've heard is of her work with charitable organizations and humanitarian efforts.

So, to refer to her as a "party girl" and to say that her engagement is "settling" is just poor writing, and, to a critical reader, brings into question the validity of any reporting by writer Sheldon Alberts of the CanWest News Service.

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