Monday, May 25, 2009

Truly appalling quotation of the day

From a this-is-how-a-magazine-gets-put-together piece in The New York Times:
Last week, for the June 1 cover, [People editor Larry] Hackett had four possibilities, including an exclusive interview with Bristol Palin, accompanied by photos of her in a high school graduation robe holding her baby.

"We're also on Farrah watch," he said. "At this point Farrah has to die. It's the only cover left for her." ...

Over the weekend, Mr. Hackett made the final cover call. There was no news on Farrah. "Out of my control," he said.

Well, you could try smothering her with a pillow, you ghoul. Yeesh. Perhaps it's best that I work for a tech magazine. At least we're not on Steve Jobs Death Watch.


ChefNick said...

Oh, Christ alive. A Farrah watch! Not since she sahayed around with Lee Majors (hey, what the hell happened to him anyway?) has she been relevant.

Dayam. I'd hate to be on Obit Call. Christ, I'd be overwhelmed.

Qaro said...

These are bad too: ‘Is this person going to vibe too old?’
'the three great cover moments are match, hatch and dispatch'

ChefNick said...

Well, it's my understanding that these people have these things all written way in advance. "Farrah Fawcett, also known as Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and the star of 70s hit televison show blah blah blah died today of complications blah blah blah."

They just update it as the person keeps on living, but their pens are always poised. I swear, they must just have some poor schmuck in every newsroom who does this all day.

Celebrity Death Watch. Hey, that's a great idea for a show! Let's pitch it!

God Is My Codependent said...

Remember that Mary Tyler Moore episode when they got punchy at 3:00 in the morning and wrote a bizarre obit for Minnesota's oldest living citizen, and then he died the nex day?

Jim Donahue said...

A classic!