The New York tabloids are begging on bended knees this morning for something, anything, that allows them to write about espionage sex romps featuring Anna Chapman, the rather fetching suspect in the Russian spy ring. Serious journalism, blah blah blah. What people want is the good tabloid stuff:
She appears to have arrived in New York last year — and the alleged spy was about as subtle a secret agent as James Bond.
She got an apartment in the Financial District overlooking the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and was known for wearing designer clothes and always looking chic. In one Facebook photo, Chapman poses in a curve-hugging red cocktail dress; in another, she sports an animal-print mini.
Some friends said they thought she was the wildly rich daughter of a Russian oligarch — or perhaps a hooker…
At parties, she “would be very flirtatious,” said one moneyman, who encountered her at a couple of Wall Street cocktail soirees. “She was very sexually aggressive [and] wore revealing clothing … I thought she was a call girl because she dressed that way,” said the man, who spoke to The Post on condition of anonymity.
What I love about this piece is that it’s going to get the NYPost scads of readers and links today, and it has three names in the byline. But there’s barely any information which isn’t culled from Chapman’s own Facebook page, still public at this time. The level of research involved to find out that Agent Chapman likes “designer clothes” and “always looking chic” and “dresses like a call girl” doesn’t even require browsing to her pictures — it’s enough to say she’s a young woman in New York.
They’re selling what’s already free. Old media, this is why you fail. Video below the fold.
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