ast week, while preparing Weekly Wire's news stories,
I was surprised to find that only two columnists had bothered
to write about Diana Spencer's death. To be honest, I was relieved:
"Only two Diana editorials -- whew, I got off easy."
Or so I thought, until I took a gander at this week's news
section and found eight -- eight! -- Diana articles. I shoulda
lenty of diversity and contradiction among these opinions. Here's
(1) Captain Opinion doesn't hold back. He couldn't care less
about Diana, a "thirtysomething bimbo" who has never
had to work for a living and doesn't deserve the public's attention.
At least the paparazzi have jobs, he says. He blames the driver
for the crash and the public for creating the paparazzi by not
having their priorities straight.
(2) In the "Where were you when you found out Diana died?"
department, Margaret Moser relates how she heard about the death
and the immediate impact it had on her feelings. I'm not one to
use the word "poignant" without due cause, but it definitely
applies to this column.
(3) The paparazzi is the evolutionary result of a long-term trend
towards shallow, soundbite-based reporting that values sensation
over research, ratings over facts. Author Ann Mulhearn laments
the way tabloid journalism has tainted the mainstream press, never
once acknowledging the slapdash nature of journalism in the early
part of this century.
(4) According to Tom Danehy, because celebrities and paparazzi
exist in a symbiotic relationship, it's hypocritical for stars
such as Tom Cruise to speak out against the photographers. Also:
Diana's mistake was ever getting involved with "scum"
like the Royal Family or Dodi in the first place; the thought
of grocery stores acting as censors by refusing to carry tabloids
with the as-yet-unreleased Di photos is "chilling";
and, in their defense, the journalism in some tabloids isn't bad.
(5) Marcos Martinez waxes metaphysical in this meditation about
how the without-you-I'm-nothing dynamics of fame and the media
relate to the Diana spectacle.
(6) Bruce VanWyngarden's column is the worst offender in the
"criticizing the media without admitting your place in it"
category. VanWyndgarden provides a detailed recap of the media-saturated
week after the crash, concluding that "It was a bit much."
He then mourns for all the people who had the bad timing to die
during that period, since they lost out on the attention they
(7) One more in the "Where were you when you found out?"
category. The author, Jeff Smith, comes down on the Royal Family
and Dodi, then -- in a novel twist -- moves on to other subjects.
These include the Phoenix, Arizona bounty hunters/robbers who
murdered a young couple in their home, and the conviction and
resignation of Arizona governor Fife Symington.
(8) Here's a quickie editorial against grocery store managers
who refuse to carry tabloids containing the post-crash, pre-body-removal
photos. After stuffing that crap down our throats in checkout
counters for years, where did they get this sudden burst of morality?
f you're still unfulfilled, you can always read last week's
Diana-based editorials. One defends the paparazzi, the other calls
for the release of the dreaded crash photos. Or you could avoid
the whole mess and read this review of an anti-affirmative-action
book called Liberal Racism, learn why Apple is eating other
people's "cores," or check out our highly entertaining
Odds & Ends and Mr. Smarty Pants columns.
Volume I, Issue 15
September 15 - September 22, 1997
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Diana Hype Overload
The Alibi's resident foot-in-mouth columnist. 
Goodbye, Diana. 
Getting What We Deserve
What to know who's responsible for the paparazzi? Look in the mirror. 
Fame And Blame
The British Royal Family is the product of centuries of dangerous in-breeding, a bunch of dolts living a life that should have been laughed out of existence 400 years ago...and other thoughts on the death of Diana. 
Damn you, Paparazzo!
Our staff writers sound off. 
The Royal Mini-Series
Coverage of Princess Diana's death was media overkill. 
The deaths of Chris Foote and Spring Wright in Phoenix at the hands of ill-trained bounty hunters point up some common misconceptions about these armed private cops and the law in general. 
Media criticism from our esteemed publisher. 
Against the Bias
Liberal racism at play in Nashville. 
Liz Murray Garrigan
All the lowdown on high-tech. 
David O. Dabney
Odds & Ends
Timed-release news capsules from the flipside. 
Devin D. O'Leary
Mr. Smarty Pants
Our resident know-it-all unearths the latest trivia. 
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Brave New World
Ticketmaster and Microsoft squabble about the right to link. [06-20-97]
David O. Dabney
Elvis fans may be hurting on this 20th anniversary, but publishers aren't. [08-11-97]
Odds & Ends
Around the news in seven days. [07-21-97]
Devin D. O'Leary