I often comment on the stupidity of PRs, but idiocy in media land is not only demonstrated by publicists, but also journalists. I was told two corking tales by a very well placed journalist friend of mine involving two astounding hack faux pas.
The first was about none other than Britney Spears; a story was filed which really sent sub editors into a spin. The story claimed that Britney had been involved in a binge drinking session while she was fourteen months pregnant.
When the journalist was questioned, she either hadn’t grasped the rudiments of biology, or simply didn’t recognise her foolhardy mistake.
Another showbiz journalist – now a well known blogger – filed a review about the remarkable performance of a famous pop starlet’s gig, which had actually been cancelled. Moreover, on the evening the journalist was supposed to be reviewing this cancelled gig, they were actually having dinner with the pop starlet’s record company publicist.