Partnership venture with the NY Times to follow? This post takes a winding road to the subject of Tessa and Scott: And to other reporters: Democracy is not a game. It is not a means of getting our names on the front page or setting the world abuzz about our latest scoop.
It is about providing information so that an electorate can make decisions based on reality. It is about being fair and being accurate. This despicable Times story was neither. Journalist Kurt Eichenwald, for Newsweek. The document dealt with a dispute between the U. State Department and the Office of the Inspector General over the classification of emails currently being reviewed for release in response to the Freedom of Information Act.
The IG office is saying to State: The paper appears happy to employ and promote witless morons. While a whole bunch of commentators are deriding the Times, and calling for accountability, the Times is shrugging it off. Critics are just jellus. I just put this here for anyone wondering why the sports and entertainment media is blithe about telling us whatever Scott and Tessa want said about them, or for anyone insisting that the media would blow Scott and Tessa's cover if they were lying.
It relates to media accountability at what some consider the highest level. Write what you want. Lie your face off.
I think the cultural change over the past decade is the media no longer even pays lip service to what the consumer thinks. Virtue and Moir were using social media as a one-way street. It has nothing to do with delivering information, or even setting the bar low accurately promoting something. The only thing most journalists are interested in promoting is themselves. Awkward, recycled, zero points for effort, with a side of cattiness and pandering bitchery.
They bring ideas worth spreading to all ages. Tessa continued her nervous habit of smiling while catty, which I think made the audience uncomfortable. Virtue and Moir did basically nothing to help the audience go from micro Tessa and Scott's particular experience to macro takeaways the audience could apply to their own challenges. According to Tessa, when they trained in Waterloo, they were enveloped in support and warmth, an environment which helped them sustain some normalcy, such as going to an actual school in a real building.
But when exiled in the United States among a bunch of Russians and Americans, things sure changed. They were forced to take classes on line. The coaches were inapproachable, cold bitches, Scott and Tessa were separately forced to room with high strung competitor skaters out to get them. They had to sleep with one eye open. There were no responsible adults in sight. Starting out, Lewinsky described her humiliation and destroyed reputation once the Linda Tripp tapes hit the internet.
It was pre-social media, but she describes the loss of privacy, and the destruction of her reputation as devastating. Once she moved past talking about her particular experience to connecting what she went through to what many other people have experienced, and how the ante has been upped, she became more authentic, convincing, and compelling, and you could feel a change in the audience response.
The connections she drew were real, not forced. You could see an obvious change in her body language, and hear it in her voice. However self-protective her account of her own experience may have been, once she pulled back to focus on others, to make connections, she clicked.
Still, at this point, I think they should have a meeting and come up with some fresh lies. Scott obviously spoils women for other men.
I wonder if Jessica and Cassandra will end up in the same convent.