Funny or inappropriate?

WaPo has an article on the travesty of justice ‘tranfer’ of Paris Hilton from actual jail confinement to mansion house arrest with an ankle monitor. The concluding paragraph reads

It could not be immediately determined if personalizing the bracelet with Swarovski crystals would interfere with its transmission capabilities.

While I appreciate a little assistance with laugh-lest-you-cry, I wonder at the appropriateness of this quip in a news article, even if it’s news about a person who has no reason to be newsworthy. I realize it’s under the entertainment section but would this kind of joking be well received if it was in an article about, say, one of our local institutions? Am I holding the paper to an unfair standard?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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