Tuesday, February 10, 2009

From the Annals of Insult Journalism

Yesterday's online Santa Cruz Sentinel contained this article about a local show of wild cats (like tigers, cheetahs, mountain lions, &c.). This was the first sentence:

Covered with almost as many spots as some of the wildcats she'd come to see, Abby Smith walked right up and asked her question?
Let's just ignore entirely the misplaced question mark at the end and ask this question: did reporter Isaiah Guzman just rip on this poor girl? Is he making fun of her acne? Does she have a lot of moles? Birthmarks? Chicken pox? Is she dating Chris Brown?

Alas, no. Later we learn that she's just wearing a lot of leopard print. But the sentence is funnier without that knowledge.

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