Monday, September 07, 2009

Me thinks the lady doth protest too much

Last week, I sent on to the editor, by email, a commenter on my blog's letter of support on my take regarding how Jasmine Fiore was portrayed in the media.

The letter writer made a very good comment about how the media - in GENERAL - had trumeted this murdered woman's work - sensationalised her via her work (which they would NOT do, were it were an editor, say, or a ditch digger, who'd been murdered).

The reply back from the editor in question was that I had fabricated a headline her paper had not published, thus instantly proving she did not read either the letter of support, nor, it seems my initial letter. She claimed I said her paper had written said headline, when I made it clear in my note to her - and it was clear from the writer's comments - it was a general observation.

I have variously been accused - yes, personally my dear, as my name was used specifically - as someone who thinks modelling is a garbage job (I do not) models should be murdered (I absolutely do not) and as someone who denigrated Jasmine Fiore (I utterly did not).

My crime, in the eyes of this editor, was that I think a person should be firstly described as a human and a person and perhaps secondarily by their job status.

Job is what we do. Person, wife, sister, lover, daughter, son, husband are who we are.

The publication in question, like many others, utterly exploited this young woman by focusing on her JOB - a job that was, in her case, easy to sensationalise, which they also did.

As to this editor, my personal experience of her left me prepared for such an onslaught. She is expectionally tallented at spin, even when it is obvious she's spinning. She even went as far as having a person in her newsroom - someone who also didn't READ what I'd written - post a comment on her editor's blog. That, last time I checked, doesn't count as an unbiased comment....

I have subscribed to this publication for over 25 years and read it from long before that, as my parents were also subscribers. I currently benefit from a free subscription, thanks to my being a student of journalism at a highly respected college. The last class I took there, which I achieved an A in, was Ethics.

I'll stop here before I make some libelous comment. You are welcome to read between the lines.


  1. This weekend, the Calgary Herald reported yet another murder of a woman, this time in our city.

    I was pleased to see her referred to as a woman (in the headline and in the body of the article). I was also interested to see there was no mention at all of her job.

    This is likely due to the limited information that has been provided about this woman, as the investigation of her death and its circumstances are just beginning to emerge.

    We shall see...

  2. So. The Media in Calgary is a TINY, interlinked group. Despite that we all haven't necessarily met each other, we do cross paths often and in the oddest places.

    The grapevine is very healthy in our industry too so word gets around.

    Word is that a few days after Ms. Corbella chastising me so directly, a decision was made to remove all references to Ms. Fiore's work - because it was acknowledged she was being exploited - which is to say, her job (on which I HAVE NO OPINION) was being exploited.

    It should also be noted that the various media covering this murder didn't do a great job verifying Ms. Fiore's job prior to publishing stories.

    The bottom line, despite what the Editor in this case might have wanted people to believe, is that the media in general very much exploited Ms. Fiore by focusing on her job - alleged job anyway.

    Again, I have no opinion on her job; however, not everyone in the world thinks that modelling or bikini modelling or playboy bunnying are valuable or concrete or good or whatever jobs and people DO make judgements of a person's character based on their job.

    To exploit Ms. Fiore's death via focus on her job at the expense of her life and humanness when she's been murdered is to exploit her for the sake of titillation value.

    In short, the media did, regardless of what Ms. Corbella so strenuously denied, exploit Ms. Fiore.


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