March 28, 2006

Media Critic Quote of the Week

Debra LaFave, the Florida high school teacher who recently pled guilty to charges that she had sex with a 14-year-old student, reportedly wants to go into journalism. Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Tribune likes the idea:

There might be some suggestion that a woman with a checkered past, a host of legal problems, struggles with mental illness and a sexual history of Mata Hari-esque ill repute is disqualified from daring to enter the hallowed inner sanctum of a news organization.

To which it might be suggested - come on in, Deb, the water's fine. You'll feel right at home.

Indeed, the Fourth Estate historically has been populated by so many drunks, nut cases, egotists, eccentrics, manic-depressives and preening poltroons, that if Lafave is looking for an environment that will allow her to fade into the woodwork, she'll find no better respite from infamy than journalism.

To those who might get all huffy that Lafave is too morally challenged to flash a press pass, two words: Marv Albert.

I think what Daniel is really saying is "they're aren't enough hotties in my newsroom."

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 28, 2006 09:07 PM

And with LaFave, you get not just a hottie, but a very loose-moraled hottie as well.

Posted by: Gib at March 29, 2006 09:13 AM
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