The New York Daily News — never one to miss an opportunity to poke a competitor in the eye — breaks the story: “A New York Post Page Six staffer solicited $220,000 from a high-profile billionaire in return for a year’s “protection” against inaccurate and unflattering items about him in the gossip page.” The federal investigation is ongoing.
I’m more interested in the human side, though. I am shocked, shocked, to hear that there would be anything other than the highest ethical and journalistic standards among the staff of a department that specializes in pestering and running sensationalistic stories about Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, and Angelina Jolie. Really, I don’t know that I will ever read Page Six the same. How can I trust the latest tidbits? Has Sarah Michelle Gellar really been seen eating sushi at Nobu, or is that merely a paid placement? I just can’t live with that kind of uncertainty.
I’m sure going to miss those halcyon days, back when I could believe everything I read on Page Six. But those days are gone forever. And now, I suppose I can only try to crowd out my sorrows, by reading the latest from Rush & Molloy.