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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Why NYT is obsessed with Britney Spears

After she went wacky about a dozen years ago, her family took over singer Britney Spears's life to protect her from herself. Regardless of her antics, her fans stood by her. She remained a money-making machine.

Once President Trump left office, the New York Times was lost. It had shredded its credibility by pushing the wacky Russian Collusion hoax. But Fake News sells better than real news. (In Anchorman II, Will Ferrell's character admits that news is boring.)

It needed a new Fake News story. Political Fake News about a Democrat president would be dangerous. As Chuck Schumer said, the intelligence community has six ways to Sunday to get you. So NYT cast its net and found a new cause célèbre to replace its mission to Kill The Trump Presidency.

NYT found an actual celebrity for its cause célèbre: Britney Spears. NYT worked to end the conservatorship that gives her family control over her life and her finances.

In February, right after Trump left office, NYT released a documentary -- i.e., a propaganda film -- that embraced the Free Britney movement, which at the time consisted of a few bored people on Twitter.

In its pages, NYT promoted its Framing Britney Spears documentary.

It breathlessly stated, "The country was enthralled with Spears in the 1990s as she suddenly ascended to global superstardom. Then the public seemed to relish watching her personal struggles, turning her life into fodder for late-night talk show zingers, sensationalist interviewers and a thriving tabloid magazine industry.

"That was a long time ago. These days, Spears is enduring a stranger, and maybe even darker chapter: She lives under a court-sanctioned conservatorship, her rights curtailed. She is not in control of the fortune she earned as a performer.

"Spears entered the conservatorship in 2008, at age 26, when her struggles were on public display. Now she is 39, and a growing number of her fans are agitating on her behalf, raising questions about civil liberties while trying to deduce what Spears wants.

"A new feature-length documentary by The New York Times captures what the public might not know about the nature of Spears’s conservatorship and her court battle with her father over who should control her estate."

NYT said it interviewed:

  • a lifelong family friend who traveled alongside Spears for much of her career
  • the marketing executive who originally created Spears’s image
  • a lawyer currently working on the conservatorship
  • a lawyer Spears tried to hire in the early days of the conservatorship to challenge her father

Like I said, a propaganda film.

To call it tabloid journalism is to cast aspersions on the last journalistic venue that is untouched by Trump Derangement Syndrome.

On Wednesday, a judge heard Spears's request to end the conservatorship. I do not know enough about mental health, the law, or her specific case to make a judgment.

Reading the NYT reporting provided no insight.

Its story on the hearing began, "Britney Spears told a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday that she has been drugged, compelled to work against her will and prevented from removing her birth control device over the past 13 years as she pleaded with the court to end her father’s legal control of her life.

"'I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,' Ms. Spears, 39, said in an emotional 23-minute address by phone that was broadcast in the courtroom and, as she insisted, to the public. 'I just want my life back.'

"It was the first time that the world had heard Ms. Spears address in detail her struggles with the conservatorship granted to her father, James P. Spears, in 2008, when concerns about her mental health and potential substance abuse led him to petition the court for legal authority over his adult daughter."

The story went on and on like that for 22 paragraphs before giving the other side.

Maybe her father does this out of concern for her life. Maybe he exploits her. I know some readers have been in this situation, usually for a parent. Those are sad and lonely journeys.

I do know NYT exploits her, just as it exploits black pride with its 1619 project. The news is unprofitable because it is boring. Hoaxes are cash cows.

38 comments:

  1. The truest words ever spoken, "Hoaxes are cash cows". But the only reason that's true is because you've got way too many people who are dumb enough to believe the hoaxers.

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    3. We are seeing a hostile takeover of America by democrat terrorists and their master plan is horiffic
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    4. Consider how many people are not smart enough to form a line at the drive up.

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  2. I'm also keeping an open mind because so little is known for sure. 26 is a bad age for artists as many killed themselves at that age. Joplin, Cobain and Morrison come to mind. Her father may have saved her from a bad fate. There was some point that a judge agreed she needed a conservatorship because of her behavior.

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  4. Britney who? If she is responsible for today’s AutoTuned garbage - and I’d argue she is, at least in part - then may she be infected with a Wuhan-grown strain of chlamydia.

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  9. The spam is running rampant today.

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    1. I kill about 100 Spam comments a day

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    2. I'm sorry. I thought people wanted to know how much$$ I made last month. My bad

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    3. Just out of curiosity, I would like to know T.O. I'm living on SS. Send me your number and I'll hook you up!!!

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  10. I don’t care much about celebrities, but I care about people. Sprays is lucky someone cared enough about her to save her from herself. I wish someone would have don’t that with my cousins.

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  11. We are seeing a hostile takeover of America by democrat terrorists and their master plan is horiffic
    .,.Look at this video ASAP!!!'

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  13. Excellent piece of work Don. The biggest crock that naive people believe is that Liberals - in this case the New York Times - care about the person(s) on whose behalf they are allegedly advocating.

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  14. Thinking of the many rich celebrities who have killed themselves through their out of control lifestyle/drugs, Spears might be another if not hampered by conservatorship.

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  16. I am not a Britney Spears fan or a New York Times fan. However, based on my understanding of what has happened to her, I feel like she has been exploited to make money for her father. She is 39 and I do not believe that she has dementia, as has been apparently diagnosed. Let her now live her life and be responsible for her own fate. Let her be the captain of her ship for better or worse. Free will.

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    1. Well said. My thoughts, for what little they are worth, as well.

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