Thursday, February 01, 2007

Best Euphemism Ever.

From this story about San Fran mayor Gavin Newsom boinking the wife of his deputy chief of staff/campaign manager, Alex Tourk:

Alex Tourk "confronted the mayor on the issue this afternoon, expressed his feeling about the situation in an honest and pointed way, and resigned," said one source close to Tourk and his wife.

Oh, to have heard that pointed expression of honest feelings.

PS: Just wondering--deep in the story, as all players are refusing to comment, there's this funny line: "A family friend who asked not to be identified said she would have no comment."

I don't know much about journalism or anything, but if a source isn't going to comment, they don't normally then get to request that they also remain nameless, do they? Isn't commenting the price of anonymity? And if you're going to let anonymous sources not comment, then why include it in the story?

The only explaination I can figure is that reporter included this just to get the pronoun "she" in, to point suggest that this anonymous no-commenter might be Newsom's ex-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle. But that seems like a stretch . . .


Anonymous said...

I don't think you're reading the quote correctly. Isn't the friend saying that Tourk's ex would not be commenting? I thought that she was the "she" referred to in the admittedly vague sentence.

Anonymous said...

Boinking? Boinking? That's an awfully polite term for ass-fucking. Talk about your euphemisms.

Why do you fear calling things what they are, Jonathan? Has Rupert Murdoch surgically extracted honesty from your soul? This is why I don't trust the MSM!

Ana Marie Cox never lied to her readers! WONKETTE SAID IT LIKE IT WAS!!! CHRIST I LOVE THE BLOGOSPHERE!!!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Tourk must now do the honorable thing, and seduce Kimberly Guilfoyle.

If he's too busy, I volunteer to do it on his behalf.