03/19/2007 12:18 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reading The Pictures: Just Plame Stupid


Now let's see. Can you tell if Valerie Plame's "fetching" jacket is from Armani's 2005 collection, or 2006? And yes, who was that NYT reporter "ogling" the suit? That's what WAPO's blogger wants to know.

It's one thing for the traditional MSM to be off its game. What's becoming even more troubling, however, is the journalistic depravity coming out of that entirely new (and, I guess, journalistically unregulated) new media form called the "MSM blog." So, with budgets tight and the web making inroads, what is the MSM's magic bullet for achieving parity in the 'sphere? You got it. It's gossip (or slander).

If you do actually read Mary Anne Akers' combined Administration-friendly and sexist hit piece at WAPO's "The Sleuth," there is one redeeming feature after you get past the inanity over whether Katie Holmes or Victoria Beckham will get to play Plame in the upcoming Warner Brothers film.

It's called the comment section.

That's where WAPO readers mostly went ballistic over this further exploitation of Ms. Plame -- who yes, is an attractive woman with a fashion sense -- after her career was destroyed through the collusion of the government and the MSM.

Hitting it squarely on the head, blueskiescc writes:

...This is a highly accomplished woman who put her life on the line as an undercover agent to help our country. No male FBI agent testifying for any reason before congress or any venue would have their attire deconstructed in this manner. I am particularly disappointed that a woman would do so, helping to perpetuate the empty-headed stereotypes that other women (who should be blogging rather than Mary Ann Akers) have fought for so many years to overcom. Please, Washington Post, spare us this drivel.

But where I really got my money's worth was reading this response from Jonathan. He writes:

Why is this called 'The Sleuth'? Please, call it a day. And no more "incarnations", either. I'd rather read a mommy blog.

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(image: Getty images. March 15, 2007.